Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is comprised of physicians, specialists and other providers working together at different locations to meet the health care needs of patients in northern New England. The Center for Shared Decision Making (CSDM) at DHMC, opened its doors in 1999 as the first center in the U.S. to be dedicated to shared decision making, and became a Foundation funded primary and specialty care demonstration site at that time. True pioneers in the shared decision making arena, DHMC continues to perfect the process of providing access to decision aids and decision support to patients as a routine process of care.
Women with early stage breast cancer may have a choice in surgical treatment. Each option has certain advantages and disadvantages. To help women understand their options and make the right choice for them, the Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Early Stage Breast Cancer: Choosing Your Surgery.
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) is not life-threatening, but some cases do progress to invasive cancer over time. To help women diagnosed with DCIS decide how best to treat it, the Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Ductal Carcinoma in Situ: Choosing Your Treatment.
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