NO MASTECTOMY BIAS
SURGEONS APPEAR TO BE APPROPRIATELY COUNSELING WOMEN ABOUT THEIR BREAST CANCER OPTIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
When a woman sees a surgeon about her newly diagnosed breast cancer, there’s been a concern that she would be counseled to have a mastectomy, since that’s an intervention surgeons would perform, even though the bulk of the evidence suggests more conservative therapies are appropriate. Now a study in JAMA reveals that surgeons are informing women properly. Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
PARK: Women are being triaged appropriately to one or the other. There are some instances for example where it’s very very clear that mastectomy should be done over breast conserving therapy.
Park says women should always consider a second opinion. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.