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THE ONLY OPTION? NUR5011 S1 2019

THE ONLY OPTION? NUR5011 S1 2019

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Brenda is awaiting surgery. She is married with two (2) teenage children.

There are two recommended equally successful treatment options for Brenda. The first is a mastectomy (removal of the breast) and axillary lymph node dissection. The second option is surgical removal of a small section of the breast and local node biopsy, followed by 6 weeks of daily outpatient radiotherapy. In Brenda’s case, both options are equally effective at reducing the chance of recurrence of her breast cancer.

Brenda is a 43 years old indigenous woman from a rural township 400kms from the nearest radiotherapy centre. It is assumed that she would find accepting the second option practically impossible.

It is proposed that Brenda should be offered only the first treatment option of mastectomy and axillary lymph node dissection

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