A protocol for preventative mastectomy in women with an increased lifetime risk of breast cancer

Eur J Surg Oncol. 2000 Nov;26(7):711-3. doi: 10.1053/ejso.2000.0986.


This paper describes a protocol for women at high risk of breast cancer wishing to undergo preventative mastectomy. The protocol described is a holistic approach to each woman involving the use of a multidisciplinary team. The protocol takes a number of months from initiation to surgery. A time delay is deliberate to allow women to fully address the issues involved with a decision for surgery. Early evidence suggests that this prepares the women emotionally and physically for their surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery
  • Female
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Humans
  • Mastectomy / methods*
  • Risk Factors