Webcast: Shared Decision-Making: Discussing Reconstruction/Prostheses Options Following Breast Cancer Surgery With Your Patient
Who: HHS Office on Women’s Health, with support from the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Minority Health, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
When: Thursday, December 15, 1–2 p.m. ET
How to register: Sign up here.
Why: The National Cancer Institute estimates that 1 in 8 American women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Research suggests that roughly 40% of these women will undergo a mastectomy. The passage of the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 mandates that most health plans, insurance companies, and health maintenance organizations that cover mastectomies must also provide reconstructive surgery and other post-mastectomy benefits, such as prostheses. However, an overwhelming majority of women who are eligible do not undergo reconstruction. This is particularly true for African-American women and other women of color, who are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer but less likely to opt for breast reconstruction.
Discussing reconstruction options with patients can be difficult, particularly with patients of varying health literacy levels and cultural backgrounds.This webinar is designed to help you effectively guide your patients through the decision-making process. The webinar will:
- explore reconstruction/prostheses as an option following mastectomy;
- share findings from a qualitative examination of the disparity or difference in the rates of reconstruction for women of color;
- provide you with the patient and advocate perspective; and
- introduce you to the AHRQ five-step SHARE Approach to shared decision-making with patients, using tools and decision aids to anchor discussions that are patient-centered, culturally competent, and inclusive of a patient’s quality of life.
David H. Song, MD, Cynthia Chow Professor of Surgery, Chief, Section of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at University of Chicago Medicine and Past President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Lisa R. Rubin, PhD, Associate Professor Psychology, The New School for Social Research, New York
Hardenia J. Childrey, RN, Instructor and Director of Student Support Services (retired), Trenholm State Technical College (Practical Nursing), Montgomery, Alabama, American Cancer Society Leadership Council — ACS CAN, two-time breast cancer survivor with reconstruction
Alaina Fournier, PhD, Health Scientist Administrator, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)