Quality of life after breast cancer surgery: What have we learned and where should we go next?

Barbara A. Pockaj, Amy C. Degnim, Judy C. Boughey, Richard J. Gray, Sarah A. McLaughlin, Amylou C. Dueck, Edith A. Perez, Michele Y. Halyard, Marlene H. Frost, Andrea L. Cheville, Jeff A. Sloan

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Treatment options for women with newly diagnosed breast cancer include breast conservation therapy and mastectomy with or without reconstruction, which provide equivalent cancer outcomes in properly selected patients. Although multiple studies have evaluated breast surgery quality-of-life outcomes, the data are inconsistent. This factor is important to consider when counseling patients and defining surgical quality measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-455
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009



  • Breast cancer
  • Breast conservation therapy
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Mastectomy
  • Quality-of-life
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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