Patient satisfaction with nipple-sparing mastectomy: A prospective study of patient reported outcomes using the BREAST-Q

J Surg Oncol. 2016 Sep;114(4):416-22. doi: 10.1002/jso.24364. Epub 2016 Jul 8.


Background and objectives: The authors sought to study patient-reported outcomes following nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM).

Methods: From 2008 to 2011, the BREAST-Q was administered to women undergoing NSM surgery for cancer treatment or risk-reduction prior to surgery and at 2 years after completion of reconstruction. The change in score over time and the impact of surgical indication, complication occurrence, and laterality on scores were analyzed.

Results: The BREAST-Q was prospectively administered to 39 women undergoing NSM for cancer treatment (n = 17) or risk-reduction (RR) (n = 22). At 2 years after operation, median overall satisfaction with breasts was 75 (IQR = 67,100). There were significant postoperative increases in scores for overall satisfaction with breasts (+8, P = 0.021) and psychosocial well-being (+14, P = 0.003). Postoperatively, RR patients had significantly higher scores for psychosocial wellness, physical impact (chest), and overall satisfaction with outcome compared to cancer treatment patients (P < 0.05). Also, increase from preoperative to postoperative psychosocial wellness was higher in the RR compared to cancer treatment patients (+17 vs. +1, P = 0.043). Complication occurrence did not significantly impact postoperative scores.

Conclusions: Following NSM for cancer treatment or RR, patients demonstrated high levels of satisfaction and quality of life as measured by BREAST-Q. Satisfaction level increased 2 years following operation. J. Surg. Oncol. 2016;114:416-422. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Keywords: BREAST-Q; mastectomy; nipple-sparing mastectomy; outcomes; satisfaction.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mastectomy / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nipples / surgery*
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life
  • Self Report