Hong Kong Med J 2007;13(Suppl 3):S23-7
Surgical treatment decision making: how Chinese women with breast cancer choose treatment
WWT Lam, R Fielding
Department of Nursing Studies, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
1. Most women are so overwhelmed by the diagnosis of breast cancer that they feel paralysed.
2. Chinese women liken treatment decision making (TDM) to gambling—they feel uncertain during the TDM process and suffer from indecisiveness.
3. Chinese women make trade-offs for survival, which is considered the highest stake. Many reported they were choosing between cosmesis and survival.
4. Coping with uncertainty during and after the treatment was an ongoing problem for many women.