Prior to breast surgery, what do you say to the patient to give them reassurance?

Video Answers (1)
Expert Answers

DrAttai (Physician - Surgery - Breast (Verified) ) - 07 / 26 / 2011

There are many things to consider prior to surgery for breast cancer, but I think that one of the most important is to provide emotional support for the patient and her family during this very difficult time. While we often have a good idea of what we are dealing with based on the mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and other tests, there is always some uncertainty until the final pathology results are available. Trying to prepare a woman and her family for the possible scenarios that we may encounter based on the surgical findings and pathology results while also trying to be reassuring that she will be "ok" is sometimes a tough balancing act.

I do feel that having information is very helpful, and reviewing the step-by-step process of what will happen in the hospital on the day of the surgery seems to be very helpful. I also review what to expect after surgery as well, in terms of discomfort, resuming normal activity, and returning to work. Sometimes having a patient speak to other women who have undergone a similar procedure can provide some support.

While most women do go into the surgery fairly anxious, at least if they understand what will happen before, during, and after, some of the mystery is taken out of the whole process.
Join Now to ask a follow-up question or share your experience!
We'll help guide and support you through treatments.
Similar Questions
When patients have important decisions to make, such as whether to have a mastectomy or lumpectomy, what advice do you give them?
What information do you provide and what do you say to a new brain tumor patient to help alleviate anxiety?
Please give your input regarding tram flap resection. A big surgery to say the least. What are your thoughts?
How do you address erectile dysfunction as a result of cancer treatments with your patients and what advice do you give them?
How do you prepare and educate a breast cancer patient prior to taking an aromatase inhibitor?
Note: All content on this site is informational and not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with questions regarding your health.
Note: Usernames have been made anonymous and profile images are not shown to protect the privacy of our members.
Flag Content
Please explain why you are flagging this content. Thank you.
Thank you for flagging this content. We will look into it right away.
Give a 'Thank you' to
Talk About Health
Add Answer

1) Question:
2) Background Info (optional): What context or background information is relevant to this request?
The more clear and thorough your request, the more likely you will receive support.
Many of our members are learning from this information or english might not be their first language. Please use standard english and spell out all words. For example, use 'you' instead of 'u'.
Talk About Health
Please join TalkAboutHealth and you will be able to ask questions.
Subscribe to our free updates for the latest news, best answers and featured experts!
Your Email:
Q&A Workshop Announcements
(Featured experts, answers, tips, & latest news.)
Q&A Workshop Summaries
(Answer summaries from our expert Q&A workshops.)
Best of TalkAboutHealth (weekly)
(The week's best answers, news & support.)
TalkAboutHealth Benefits
(Custom health, wellness & medical promotions from our partners.)

Partners become a partner

© Copyright 2018 - Talk About Health - Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
x Don't show again
Like us on Facebook?