New AHRQ booklet explains breast cancer surgery options in Spanish

Author: Carrie Morantz
Date: Oct 15, 2005

AHRQ has published a new booklet to help Hispanic women recently diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. The booklet provides evidence-based information to help women choose between lumpectomy, a breast-sparing procedure followed by radiation therapy; mastectomy, or removal of the entire breast; and mastectomy with breast-reconstruction surgery. "Las primeras etapas del cancer de seno. ?Cuales son sus opciones si tiene que operarse?" is the Spanish-language version of "Surgery Choices for Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer," which was published by the national Cancer Institute in cooperation with AHRQ, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, and other public and private partners. Included in the booklet are side-by-side comparisons of questions and answers for each procedure, such as whether the type of surgery a woman chooses will affect how long she lives, what the chances are that her cancer will return after surgery, and what her breast will look like after surgery. The booklet is available online in Spanish at http://www.ahrq. gov/consumer/brcanchoicesp.htm and in English at Free copies of the printed versions of the booklets can be ordered by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at (800) 358-9295 or by e-mailing

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