Journal article

Taking control of cancer: Why women are choosing mastectomy.

Andrea Marie Covelli, Nancy N Baxter, Margaret Fitch, Frances Catriona Wright

Journal of Clinical Oncology | American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) | Published : 2013

Abstract

9571 Background: Rates of both unilateral (UM) and bilateral mastectomy (BM) for early stage breast cancer (ESBC) have been increasing since 2003. Studies suggest that this is due to women playing a more active role in their decision making, however they do not describe why women are choosing this option. Methods: We conducted a qualitative study using grounded theory to identify factors influential in women’s choice for mastectomy. Purposive sampling was used to identify women across the Greater Toronto Area (Ontario, Canada), who were suitable candidates for breast conserving surgery (BCS) but underwent UM or BM. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews. Constant comparative..

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