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Prophylactic Mastectomy.

Author: Andrea Patenaude
Publisher: Santa Barbara : ABC-CLIO, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What would you do if a genetic test revealed a mutated gene that makes your lifetime risk of getting breast cancer 56 to 85 percent, and having your breasts removed would reduce that probability to around the general population risk of 11 percent? Do you take the risky gamble that you'll stay healthy, or opt for the mastectomy? What if you had a mother or sister who died of breast cancer? As the use of genetic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Patenaude, Andrea.
Prophylactic Mastectomy: Insights from Women who Chose to Reduce Their Risk.
Santa Barbara : ABC-CLIO, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Patenaude
ISBN: 9780313345173 0313345171
OCLC Number: 879549581
Description: 1 online resource (244 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Chapter 1: Prophylactic Mastectomy: Is This for Me?; Chapter 2: Motivation for Prophylactic Mastectomy; Chapter 3: Making the Decision; Chapter 4: Preparing for Surgery: Practically, Physically, and Emotionally; Chapter 5: Surgery; Chapter 6: Sex and Sensitivity after Surgery; Chapter 7: In Sickness and in Health: Post-Surgical Relationship with Spouses, Partners and Others; Chapter 8: What It Cost: Physical and Emotional Consequences of Surgery; Chapter 9: What Would Have Helped?; Chapter 10: What Was Gained: Satisfactions. Chapter 11: Long Views on Prophylactic MastectomyAppendix A: Demographic Characteristics of Participants; Appendix B: Interview Outline; Appendix C: Questions to Ask Medical Providers; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; W; Y.

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What would you do if a genetic test revealed a mutated gene that makes your lifetime risk of getting breast cancer 56 to 85 percent, and having your breasts removed would reduce that probability to around the general population risk of 11 percent? Do you take the risky gamble that you'll stay healthy, or opt for the mastectomy? What if you had a mother or sister who died of breast cancer? As the use of genetic testing in medicine increases, so does the number of women facing this dilemma.||

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