PreOp Patient Education
Monday, September 26, 2022

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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

In the case of any form of mastectomy as a treatment for cancer,
the only real alternatives to surgery are radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
But because breast cancer is so potentially dangerous, most patients who undergo mastectomy also receive radiation therapy, chemotherapy or both.
In any case, your doctor has recommended this procedure because he or she believes that surgery is in your best interest and may even be vital to your survival.
Choosing not to have this surgery could put your health and life at grave risk.
You must make sure to talk with your doctor about all of your concerns before making a decision. But as with all cancer treatments, the decision to act should be made as soon as possible.
Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.

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