Research & Program Areas

Breast Cancer Treatment Decisions and Outcomes in Latinas

In collaboration with the U-M Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team (CanSORT), CMCD-affiliated researchers investigated whether the psychological or clinical characteristics of Latina women with early stage breast cancer put them at higher risk for poor outcomes related to their surgical treatment choice, satisfaction with cancer care, or health-related quality of life. The specific goals of the study were to (1) evaluate patterns of treatment and decision making among racial/ethnic minority women, especially Latinas, with breast cancer, and (2) survey surgeons and oncologists treating women with breast cancer in the Los Angeles area, and to link the provider and patient data.

Investigators found that treatments patterns were similar among race/ethnic patient groups, but that less acculturated Latina women reported higher decision regret and lower decision satisfaction in the treatment decision-making process compared with other groups.

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Cancer, U-M Health System

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