A pilot study to examine the experiences and attitudes of women with breast cancer towards one versus two-step axillary surgery

Jenkins, V.A., Harder, H., Babar, M., Merry, S., Newbury, S., Kissin, M. and Zammit, C. (2012) A pilot study to examine the experiences and attitudes of women with breast cancer towards one versus two-step axillary surgery. Breast, 21 (1). pp. 72-76. ISSN 0960-9776

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Abstract

Purpose: To elicit the views, experiences and preferences of women with clinically node negative breast cancer towards intra-operative sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) analysis.
Methods: Focus groups with 14 women with breast cancer from two UK centres; one group had undergone the standard practice of waiting two weeks for results of their axillary surgery, the other had experienced the intra-operative SLNB analysis.
Results: Women generally were unaware about their lymph nodes, what their function is and how they are removed. Preference was indicated for intra-operative sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) analysis provided clear descriptions were given about the risk of experiencing false negative and false positive results.
Discussion: Adopting an intra-operative analysis technique of axillary nodes was viewed as an excellent option by women from both centres. The immediacy of knowing the results was seen as a great advantage for their physical and psychological well being and more cost effective.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Sentinel lymph node biopsy Intra-operative analysis Patient preference OSNA
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0001 Medicine and the state. Including medical statistics, medical economics, provisions for medical care, medical sociology > RA0418 Medicine and society. Social medicine. Medical sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0418 Medicine and society. Social medicine. Medical sociology

R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology Including cancer and carcinogens
R Medicine > RD Surgery > RD0032 Operative surgery. Technique of surgical operations
Depositing User: Tracy Woodcock
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 11:30
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2013 14:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7423
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