Breast cancer patients usually undergo 2 operations

14th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

Surgeons operating on breast cancer patients often fail to remove all the cancerous tissue in one go, forcing patients to undergo a second operation.

14 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - In its annual hospital test, the AD newspaper has revealed that women with breast cancer often need to undergo unnecessary second operations.

Investigators found that many surgeons fail to remove all the affected tissue in one go.

In some hospitals, up to 40% of breast cancer sufferers require a second surgical intervention.

The Netherlands Health Care Inspectorate says there is much that can be improved and is announcing new measures. It also notes that a second operation only increases uncertainty in the patient and is both physically and emotionally damaging.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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