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Table 1 Key issues in processes of care in older breast cancer patients

From: Outcomes and quality of life following breast cancer treatment in older women: When, why, how much, and what do women want?

Issue Comment
Communication • Physician-initiated communication and shared-decision making related to increased satisfaction
  • Increased communication related to increased perception of choice
Perceptions of ageism • Higher levels of perceived ageism related to decreased satisfaction with care
  • Higher levels of perceived ageism related to higher levels of self-reported pain
Setting of care • In-patient rehabilitation or case management may improve outcomes in women with multiple comorbidities
Social support • Inadequate social support associated with less satisfaction with care
Preferences for treatment • Concordance between preference for appearance and type of surgical treatment related to better mental health