Breast cancer treatment and the sex of one’s doctor

Occasionally, researchers will look at how health care decisions may be associated with characteristics of the healthcare provider him or herself (for example, whether the type of contraception that an ob/gyn tends to offer most often to patients is associated with the type of contraception that she uses herself).

This recent New York Times article reports on a recent study that suggests that some treatment issues related to radiation as part of breast cancer treatment may be associated with several factors including where a woman lives, whether she is single or married, the experience level of her surgeon.. and maybe even whether her surgeon is male or female. Read the full article here.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.