Effect of esthetic outcome after breast-conserving surgery on psychosocial functioning and quality of life.

@article{Waljee2008EffectOE,
  title={Effect of esthetic outcome after breast-conserving surgery on psychosocial functioning and quality of life.},
  author={Jennifer F. Waljee and Emily S. Hu and Peter Anthony Ubel and Dylan M Smith and Lisa Ann Newman and Amy K. Alderman},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={2008},
  volume={26 20},
  pages={3331-7}
}
PURPOSE Although breast-conserving surgery (BCS) is often assumed to result in minimal deformity, many patients report postoperative breast asymmetry. Understanding the effect of asymmetry on psychosocial functioning is essential for patients to make an informed choice for surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS All women who underwent BCS at the University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor, MI) during a 4-year period were surveyed using a mailed questionnaire (N = 714; response rate = 79.5… CONTINUE READING

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