The Influence of Age on the Breast Surgery Decision-Making Process

  title={The Influence of Age on the Breast Surgery Decision-Making Process},
  author={Richard J. Bleicher and Paul Abrahamse and Sarah T Hawley and Steven J. Katz and Monica Morrow},
  journal={Annals of Surgical Oncology},
Mastectomy rates have been assumed to be a function of physician recommendations, although they correlate with patient involvement in decision making. The influence of age on the decision-making process and treatment choice is poorly described. All women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and a random sample with invasive breast cancer were identified from two Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program registries and surveyed 6 months postoperatively. Women older than 79 years… CONTINUE READING
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