Child Care Issues Preventing Women from Taking Breast Cancer Treatment

2 Jan

A recent report on Reuters dot com suggests that women with young children are not going forwards with breast cancer treatment. Reuters Health conducted this study which clearly shows women refusing or delaying treatment because of having young children at home.

It seems that these mothers are skipping radiation treatment due to the amount of time these treatments takes. This group includes women who had a tumor removed, they still put off going for after care treatment.

The results of this survey showed that 1 in 5 women were missing out on treatments that could potentially save their lives. The reasoning behind this way of thinking is that most mothers consider their child’s needs more important than their own.

This is actually a really surprising result because younger mothers have a higher life expectancy rate, than older women diagnosed with breast cancer. Researchers are saying that the women do not really understand how important this treatment is.

The group of women who were surveyed are those who had a lumpectomy surgery to remove a breast tumor. This did not include women who had undergone mastectomies. The group consisted of just over 21,000 women who had filed breast cancer forms with their health insurance groups at work.

The requirement treatment plan consists of a woman going for treatment for one hour at a time for 5 days a week. This pattern continues for approximately 7 weeks.

Other barriers for women to seek the treatment they need includes finances. Those with limited reimbursement amounts on their plans were less likely to continue with treatment than women who were fully covered.

Travel distance was also another deciding factor. Those women who had to travel a good distance for each treatment were also less likely to follow through for the required number of weeks.

The view of a lumpectomy as opposed to a mastectomy also came into play. Many women just did not view their need as important because they underwent the lumpectomy. Regardless of which type of breast surgery a woman has treatment is vital for both.

What this study brings to light is the need for more child care arrangements that are accessible and affordable. This way if a woman knows her child is well taken care of, she can go to treatment without any worries.

If you are scheduled for any type of breast surgery it is important that you follow up with treatments afterwards. If you do have small children at home look for help from other family members to take care of them. Remember your children need you even as they get older. Isn’t seven weeks of treatment worth a lifetime with your kids?