Willingness of breast cancer patients to undergo biopsy and breast cancer clinicians’ practices around seeking biopsy at the time of breast cancer relapse

Willingness of breast cancer patients to undergo biopsy and breast cancer clinicians’ practices... Purpose The practice of seeking a biopsy to confirm a metastatic relapse of a prior breast cancer is individualized. Tumor samples have well-recognized importance in clinical and translational research, but also an increasing role in routine care. We sought to determine the attitudes of patients and breast cancer clinicians about biopsy at breast cancer relapses. Methods Consenting breast cancer patients and clinicians completed questionnaires with scenarios of decreasing personal benefit and increasing discomfort or inconvenience associated with biopsy at relapse of a prior breast cancer. For each sce - nario, patients were asked whether they would, would not, or were unsure about agreeing to a biopsy. Clinicians provided information about their practice, research activities, and usual biopsy habits. They were asked to estimate how often patients would agree to a biopsy under each of the conditions presented to patient participants. Results The majority of patients expressed a willingness to undergo a biopsy procedure of modest inconvenience and dis- comfort to establish an uncertain diagnosis, guide treatment, to participate in a trial, or for research purposes only. About 50% of patients indicated that they would undergo an invasive biopsy procedure requiring IV sedation or general anesthetic for purely altruistic reasons. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Springer Journals

Willingness of breast cancer patients to undergo biopsy and breast cancer clinicians’ practices around seeking biopsy at the time of breast cancer relapse

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Oncology
ISSN
0167-6806
eISSN
1573-7217
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10549-017-4586-9
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Abstract

Purpose The practice of seeking a biopsy to confirm a metastatic relapse of a prior breast cancer is individualized. Tumor samples have well-recognized importance in clinical and translational research, but also an increasing role in routine care. We sought to determine the attitudes of patients and breast cancer clinicians about biopsy at breast cancer relapses. Methods Consenting breast cancer patients and clinicians completed questionnaires with scenarios of decreasing personal benefit and increasing discomfort or inconvenience associated with biopsy at relapse of a prior breast cancer. For each sce - nario, patients were asked whether they would, would not, or were unsure about agreeing to a biopsy. Clinicians provided information about their practice, research activities, and usual biopsy habits. They were asked to estimate how often patients would agree to a biopsy under each of the conditions presented to patient participants. Results The majority of patients expressed a willingness to undergo a biopsy procedure of modest inconvenience and dis- comfort to establish an uncertain diagnosis, guide treatment, to participate in a trial, or for research purposes only. About 50% of patients indicated that they would undergo an invasive biopsy procedure requiring IV sedation or general anesthetic for purely altruistic reasons.

Journal

Breast Cancer Research and TreatmentSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 27, 2017

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