Hong Kong Med J 2007;13(Suppl 3):S15-8
Surgical treatment decision making in breast cancer among Chinese women: participation and satisfaction
R Fielding, WWT Lam
Centre for Psycho-oncology Research and Training, Behavioural Sciences Unit, Department of Community Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
1. Chinese women do not want to make breast cancer treatment decisions alone.
2. Most women left to make a decision with no input from their surgeon feel over-involved.
3. Over-involved women have greater difficulty making decisions and are less confident about their treatment choice.
4. Knowing their surgeon’s preferred surgical option is important to Hong Kong Chinese women. Therefore, surgeons should outline the choices then give a recommendation.
5. Once made the woman’s choice should be respected.