Would the lady have been better off not to know she didn't need the surgery?

I would find it insulting if

I would find it insulting if information was kept from me with the intention that I would be better off not knowing. I don’t want others deciding what is best for me.

I suppose ignorance is bliss, but the patient has to know. Secrets are always exposed at one time or another. It’s better to find out as soon as possible and “deal with it” early on.

I would be curious as to the actual diagnosis: type of cancer, size of tumor, TNBC, estrogen/progesterone receptors, HER2,......

Usually a lumpectomy with chemo, surgery, and radiation is just as successful as a mastectomy.

What kind of support was provided her to make a good informed decision? She didn’t actually have cancer, but had she been well informed it might have provided time to discover the error.

There are MRI’s, ultrasounds, multiple appointments with a surgeon, chemo doc, radiation oncologists, markers..... It’s hard to believe all that information was put into the wrong chart. I just don’t see how that could be missed.

I find a mistake like that inexcusable. Whatever compensation she is awarded won’t be enough.

How much are they paying for a perfectly healthy breast in Canada?

I agree that nothing should

I agree that nothing should be withheld from a patient. While it sometimes hurts to hear the terrible truth about the horrid sides of operations, for example, and it was upsetting for me on one occasion, on the other I really respected the surgeon for giving me the facts.

About lumpectomies, though... yikes, I would never recommend those! We can have fun with that one in a topic dedicated specifically for that so I'll start one.

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