Breast Cancer ChoicesTM

    Welcome to Breast Cancer Choices, Inc., a nonprofit
    organization scrutinizing and reporting the evidence for
    breast cancer procedures and treatments.

    Report on information quality:  Every piece of information on this site
    has been rigorously fact-checked and documented.

    Report on decision-making: As patient-advocate reporters, our mission
    is to help patients get full disclosure in order to make informed choices about
    procedures and treatments.  We have rarely met a patient who received the true
    (overall survival) statistics for any therapy. Lack of full disclosure is the single
    biggest obstacle to patients making informed choices. Only by uncovering the
    hidden statistics can patients decide on which treatments are best for them.

    Report on healing strategies:  We investigate evidence-based strategies which
    have passed the "do no harm" criteria.

                     How does a patient get informed?  

  • By getting the benefit of offered treatments
    in writing in the form of published studies.

  • Learning how to examine any study which claims you will
    (A) survive longer with a treatment and (B) how your quality
    of life will be affected.

  • Learning how to understand what the terms,
    relative risk and absolute risk, mean for your decision-making process.
    For example, if you were told a toxic treatment offered 40% benefit and
    you read that it actually only offered a 5% absolute benefit with years of
    debilitating side effects, would this information affect your decision-making?

  • Learning your medical doctor is legally bound to recommend
    "standard of care" procedures of the medical community whether
    or not they have any evidence to support their use.
    Standard of care medical treatment is consensus-based,
    not evidence-based. Consensus-based only means the doctors
    voted on medical guidelines.
                                   Begin with the FAQ    

    Ask frequently or never-asked questions about breast cancer policies.  
    Look at the documented results of the standard treatment route.

    After scrutinizing the survival record of conventional treatments,
    patients may consider alternative therapies, complementary
    therapies or proceed on the conventional route.



    The information on this website has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.  
    This website is intended as information only. The editors of this site are not medically-trained.
    Please consult your licensed health care practitioner before implementing any health strategy.
    The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that
    exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician. This site accepts no advertising.
    The contents of this site © 2004-2017 by Breast Cancer Choices, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit
    organization managed entirely by volunteers.

    Contact website editor, Lynne Farrow, with comments or for reprint permission or write us at Breast
    Cancer Choices, Inc., PO Box 1567, Amagansett, NY 11930. For speaking information visit
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Full Disclosure Campaign

Breast Cancer Choices urges all
patients to obtain a copy of the
consent form
in advance for
every procedure. This applies to
both diagnostic or therapeutic

Check our
FAQ pages to confirm
the disclosures are accurate.

Read the consent form carefully.
A study showed that most
patients had little or no
understanding of the consent
form when asked about it later
and were told it was "just
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