Navigation Links
Family, Friends Influence Breast Cancer Decisions
Date:9/3/2009

Patients' supporters often play role in treatment discussions, study finds

THURSDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Family and friends don't just serve as emotional support for breast cancer patients, they also help patients decide which kind of surgery to have, a new study has found.

About three-quarters of patients surveyed brought a family member or friend to their first appointment with a surgeon, and the accompanying person exerted influence on the patient, the University of Michigan researchers noted.

In particular, women who had a friend or family member accompany them to the first appointment were more likely to receive a mastectomy, compared with women who went alone. Women were also more likely to choose mastectomy if they themselves played a major role in driving the decision instead of the doctor, according to the study published in the Aug. 31 online edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The study examined factors influencing a woman's choice between a mastectomy to remove the entire breast or breast-conserving surgery, which involves removing only the tumor and is followed by radiation treatments.

The researchers also found that Latina woman with little English-language skills were most likely to be influenced by their family members.

The findings come from a survey of 1,651 women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in the Detroit and Los Angeles regions.

"Family and friends have a potentially important role in treatment discussions. More than 70 percent of women brought someone with them to the appointment, providing a chance for surgeons to convey information to both the patient and her support person," lead study author Sarah Hawley, research associate professor of internal medicine at University of Michigan Medical School, said in a university news release. "Clearly, others help with and contribute to decision making, and may do so differently for different racial or ethnic groups."

More information

For more information on breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: University of Michigan, news release, Aug. 31, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Almost Family, Inc. to Report Second Quarter 2009 Financial Results on August 5, 2009
2. Good Nutrition Can Fuel the Whole Family, Even the Four-Legged Members
3. Almost Family, Inc. to Report First Quarter 2009 Financial Results
4. Almost Family, Inc. to Report Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results
5. Almost Family, Inc. to Report Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results
6. Almost Family, Inc. Set to Join to Russell 2000(R) Index
7. Almost Family, Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Patient Care, Inc.
8. Almost Family, Inc. Announces Exercise of Over-Allotment Option
9. Family, Friends and Support Groups Add Picture Messaging to Inspire and Motivate - Anywhere, Anytime
10. BluePearl Veterinary Partners Joins Bequest(TM) to Help Frankies Friends Save Pets With Cancer
11. Scott Hamiltons Return to the Ice Scheduled for the 10th Annual An Evening With Scott Hamilton and Friends on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Family, Friends Influence Breast Cancer Decisions
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Mental health watchdog Citizens ... of Scientology and renowned professor of psychiatry Thomas Szasz, is continuing its protest against ... Industry of Death” exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia. The opening of the exhibit follows CCHR’s ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... (PRWEB) May 24, ... new members of its Advisory Board. Joining the Grow Healthy ... “All three of them embody the mission of our organization and ... fortunate to have them as we continue to expand our footprint ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Physical therapy is a ... the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems of the human body without recourse to drugs ... treatments for physical therapy in New York, including dynamic neuromuscular stabilization , ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Backed by decades of experience, ... job, ensuring the best suited solution to meet regulatory requirements. Their professional staff ... lab in Istanbul. , Metroloji Okulu specializes in MadgeTech’s line of medical and ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... egg freezing, today announced the official relaunch of its community and education hub ... frozen eggs. Eggsurance's mission is to create a safe and welcoming place for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... May 23, 2016 Gamida Cell, ... treatment of cancer and orphan genetic diseases, announced today ... $4.4 million from the Israel Innovation Authority (formerly the ... of Economy and Industry. The mission of the Israel ... various industries, including science and technology, while stimulating economic ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... 20, 2016 The Biotech arena ... that the industry is not far from recovering. There ... featured the following four equities: Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... ATHX ), Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARLZ ... ). Sign up for your free trading alerts on ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... PARIS , May 19,2016 ... Activities at Digestive Disease Week Meeting and 91 ... Society Mauna Kea Technologies (Euronext: MKEA, ... laser endomicroscopy platform, today announced that its Cellvizio ... meeting focused on gastroenterology during the month of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: