January 2003
Article Features
  New 3-D Mammography System May Improve Breast Imaging
Birth Control Pills Associated with Breast Cancer Risk in BRCA1 Mutation Carriers
Breast Cancer Risk Returns to Normal After Women Stop Taking Hormones
Mapping the Blood Vessel Networks in Live Tumors
Cancer Specialists in Disagreement About Purpose of Clinical Trials
Countering Drug Resistance in Breast Cancer Tumors
Scientists Discover Gene 'Signature' For Tumor's Tendency to Spread
Geographic Region More than Race Affects Cancer Screening Rates
New Study Launched to Study Effectiveness of Breast Cancer Screening for High-Risk Women
Mammography Leads Overall Increase in Cancer Screening Tests

Complementry Articles
Estrogen Replacement Therapy Found Safe in Menopausal Women with History of Localized Breast Cancer
AMA to Tackle Health Care Disparities
'Dose Dense' Chemotherapy Improves Survival in Breast Cancer Patients
Gene Profiling to Predict Breast Cancer Response to Treatment

Reconstructive Breast Surgery Rates Low in Canada

A low rate of breast reconstruction among women who have had a mastectomy may be due to a lack of knowledge about the procedure by referring physicians, says a University of Toronto study.

Breast reconstruction can have a positive impact on a woman's quality of life after a mastectomy, but the overall rate of reconstruction in Canada is low at 7.9 percent. The study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that referring physicians (family physicians, general surgeons or oncologists) rated their level of knowledge of reconstructive breast surgery as low; plastic surgeons rated the referring physicians' knowledge as even lower.

For example, despite evidence to the contrary, more than one-third of referring physicians believe breast reconstruction delays the detection of cancer recurrence and adversely interferes with cancer therapy. The study's findings were based on focus groups, surveys and interviews of Ontario primary care physicians, general surgeons, oncologists and plastic surgeons.

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