Women With Disabilities May Get Different Treatment

Women With Disabilities May Get Different Treatment

Women with disabilities have lower survival rates after breast cancer treatment, compared to women without disabilities.
Nov 10, 2006.This article is archived
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Women with disabilities face many practical issues when considering breast cancer treatment:
  • muscle weakness
  • tremors or other involuntary movements
  • risk of infection
  • daily transportation to radiation treatment
These and other limitations related to a disability may influence a woman's view of the best breast cancer treatment. These limitations also may add to the effect breast cancer has on a woman's health. Still, it's also reasonable that misperceptions or biases on the part of doctors and other caregivers affect the care disabled women receive.
Every woman diagnosed with breast cancer—whether she has a disability or not—needs to talk to her doctors and healthcare team when deciding on the treatment that is best for her. Together, you can discuss the pros and cons of each treatment and consider any existing medical or logistical issues.
The choices you make may require some special arrangements:
  • assisted transportation, or
  • coordinating with other treatments, such as dialysis.
You deserve excellent care. When you're considering your treatment options, information from resources such as breastcancer.org can help you make decisions and help you get the best care for YOU.

— Last updated on July 31, 2022, 10:24 PM

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