Bioethics and Medicolegal Aspects in Breast Cancer Reconstruction

  • Cicero Urban
  • Iris Rabinovich
  • James HurleyII
  • Mario Rietjens
  • Karina Furlan Anselmi


Bioethics is the systematic study of the moral dimensions of the life sciences and health care, employing a variety of ethical methodologies in an interdisciplinary setting. The integration of bioethics in reconstructive breast cancer surgery is essential, because few diseases represent such a complexity from the scientific, psychological, therapeutic, ethical, and social point of view as breast cancer. Surgeons who are dedicated to this delicate field of work face daily situations that demand great sensibility and deep bioethical and medicolegal analysis. Therefore, this chapter approached the most relevant bioethical issues and medicolegal aspects concerning breast cancer treatment like research, public health care, genetics, clinical bioethics, and medicolegal aspects, with a special focus on breast cancer reconstruction dilemmas and the need for introducing bioethics and medicolegal aspects in the educational programs for specialists.


Bioethics Oncoplastic surgery Breast reconstruction Breast cancer Clinical ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cicero Urban
    • 1
  • Iris Rabinovich
    • 2
    • 3
  • James HurleyII
    • 4
  • Mario Rietjens
    • 5
  • Karina Furlan Anselmi
    • 6
  1. 1.Breast UnitOur Lady of Grace Hospital, Positivo UniversityCuritibaBrazil
  2. 2.TocogynecologyUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  3. 3.Breast UnitOur Lady of Grace HospitalCuritibaBrazil
  4. 4.Department of Breast SurgeryChambersburg HospitalChambersburgUSA
  5. 5.Division of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryEuropean Institute of OncologyMilanItaly
  6. 6.Breast UnitOur Lady of Grace HospitalCuritibaBrazil

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