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[Prophylactic mastectomy in hereditary breast cancer--ethical considerations]

Rieger, U. and Pierer, G. and Scheufler, O.. (2008) [Prophylactic mastectomy in hereditary breast cancer--ethical considerations]. Schweizerische Rundschau für Medizin PRAXIS, Vol. 97, H. 20. pp. 1071-1076.

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Abstract

Bilateral prophylactic mastectomy lowers the risk of developing breast cancer in high-risk patients and hereditary breast cancer by more than 95%. Therefore, in selected cases bilateral prophylactic mastectomy represents an effective procedure for breast cancer prevention and, when combined with modern plastic-surgical techniques of breast reconstruction, can achieve good to excellent cosmetic results and high patient satisfaction. Diligent decision making including an accurate determination of the individual risk profile is mandatory. In case of ethical conflicts that may arise in this context, a clinical ethics consultation can be a helpful tool in establishing a sustainable consensus between patient and treating physician.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Bewegungsapparat und Integument > Plastische, rekonstruktive, ästhetische und Handchirurgie (Schaefer)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Bewegungsapparat und Integument > Plastische, rekonstruktive, ästhetische und Handchirurgie (Schaefer)
UniBasel Contributors:Scheufler, Oliver
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Huber
ISSN:0369-8394
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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