Patient-reported outcomes following breast-conserving treatment using BREAST-Q questionnaire
The BREAST-Q is a validated patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) which has independent modules for evaluation of the different surgical procedures (i.e., augmentation, reduction/mastopexy, mastectomy, reconstruction, and breast-conserving therapy). Each module is composed of multiple scales that can be used independently. BREAST-Q measures patient experience and quality of life using a hierarchy of questions exploring physical, psychological and sexual well-being, satisfaction with cosmetic appearance, and overall satisfaction. The last module which has been developed is BREAST-Q breast-conserving therapy. Some authors have published their experiences using a postoperative scale of this questionnaire [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] to evaluate patients after breast-conserving treatment (BCT). However, the outcomes of the preoperative part of the questionnaire have not been published and the impact of BCT has not been assessed.
Fifty women suffering from unilateral primary breast cancer who...
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Fernando Hernanz, Jaime Jimeno, Pedro Muñoz, and Sergio Diaz declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Ethical approval from a local ethics committee was obtained for this study.
All patients signed a written informed consent form.