Comparison of psychological aspects and patient satisfaction following breast conserving surgery, simple mastectomy and breast reconstruction

Eur J Cancer. 2000 Oct;36(15):1938-43. doi: 10.1016/s0959-8049(00)00197-0.


The aim of this study was to assess and compare the psychological outcome and satisfaction of patients whom underwent wide local excision, mastectomy alone and mastectomy with breast reconstruction. A total of 577 patients had different types of operations for primary breast cancer (254 (44%) had wide local excision, 202 (35%) had simple mastectomy and 121 (21%) had breast reconstruction). Psychosocial morbidity and satisfaction were studied retrospectively using self-evaluation questionnaires. The three different surgical groups were cross-matched into four different age group. Significant statistical differences existed between the three procedures regarding satisfaction and psychosocial morbidity (anxiety, depression, body image, sexuality and self-esteem) in favour of wide local excision followed by breast reconstruction. Greatest morbidity was seen in the mastectomy group. Patient satisfaction of cosmetic outcome and psychosocial aspects was greater with wide local excision than with breast reconstruction or mastectomy. However, since wide local excision is indicated in only a group of patients, breast reconstruction should be an option available to patients requiring mastectomy.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / etiology
  • Body Image
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Depression / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammaplasty / psychology*
  • Mastectomy / methods
  • Mastectomy / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Self Concept
  • Sexuality