The Oncology Nursing Society has responded to the increase of short-stay (“drive-through”) mastectomy and other forms of breast surgery for cancer.
The Oncology Nursing Society has responded to the increase of short-stay (drive-through) mastectomy and other forms of breast surgery for cancer.
Changes in the healthcare system have necessitated increased use of the outpatient setting for surgical procedures for cancer. Among procedures that increasingly are being performed in the ambulatory setting are those for breast cancer, including mastectomy, lumpectomy, and axillary lymph node dissection or sampling. In some instances, hospital length of stay is mandated by payors of health care with little regard to the physical or emotional needs or resources of patients and families. Because of the nature of breast cancer and its physical and psychoemotional impact on patients and their families, special issues have arisen concerning the use of short-stay surgeries in this population.
It is the position of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) that:
For more information, contact the ONS Customer Service Department at 501 Holiday Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 or call (412) 921-7373.