Decision Making for Bilateral Mastectomy for Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients

An In-Visit Decision Aid for Surgeons to Address Decision Making for Bilateral Mastectomy for Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients

Authors: Katharine Yao, Jeff Belkora, Clara Lee, Kristine et al.
Breast Oncology
First Online: 17 October 2019


Few decision aids for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are used by surgeons during their consultations with patients.

From 2017 to 2019, an online interactive breast cancer in-visit decision aid (BIDA) was used on 63 patients and 57 patients underwent usual care (UC). We compared knowledge, decision involvement, anxiety and distress (HADS scale), quality of life (PROMIS), fear of recurrence, body image, and patient values between BIDA and UC before surgery. A knowledge score of ≥ 57% was considered “high knowledge.”

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