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Update: Now 21 states have length of stay protections for mastectomy patients, usually at least 48 hours. However, all states should require this protection. Sign now!
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Sponsored by: The Breast Cancer Site

Women with breast cancer should be entitled to receive the best possible treatment and care available. They shouldn't feel rushed through a procedure or suffer from unnecessary complications following treatment.

Many women who undergo mastectomies are being discharged from hospitals within 24 hours of surgery. These situations are called "drive-through" mastectomies — and can have grave consequences for women. The risk of complications from surgery is highest in the days immediately following it, so it's clear why rushing women in and out of their hospital stays carries grave implications.

We need a law that guarantees insurance coverage for at least a 48-hour hospital stay for women who have undergone a mastectomy.

Stand up for our women — sign the petition asking Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro to see that this important protection passes into law!

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Dear Representative DeLauro,

I commend you for your efforts in promoting breast cancer patient rights. You've been championing the cause for years, introducing bills that could go a long way in ensuring women who undergo mastectomies are allowed ample hospital-stay time in order to recover.

As it is now, many women who have mastectomies are shuffled through the hospital, surgery and all, within 24 hours. A mastectomy is a significant and comprehensive surgical procedure that's very invasive and personal for a woman. The time immediately following surgery is when infection has the greatest chance of developing, and as such women need to be in the hospital under doctors' care until she shows signs of normal recovery. Any amount of time less than 48 hours is simply too soon to catch any of these possible complications.

We need to advocate on behalf of women who aren't receiving the proper care after such an intense surgical procedure. Please continue to do all you can to see that this type of care swiftly becomes law!

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Aug 17, 2018 Lori Simons
Aug 17, 2018 Ann Schmitt
Aug 17, 2018 Elizabeth Fresh Doctors should decide when their patients are ready to go home NOT the insurance companies! Insurance companies are putting people's lives in danger!
Aug 17, 2018 Donna Feirtag
Aug 17, 2018 Jackie Morales
Aug 17, 2018 Elaine Cheney
Aug 17, 2018 jeannette livsey
Aug 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2018 Joyce Ramirez
Aug 17, 2018 Debby Blum Women with dense tissue should also be allowed by all insurance companies to have an MRI every other year. Even though I had an annual mammogram, my breast cancer was not detected in my mammogram ( the tumor was 7.5 cm) because of my dense tissue.
Aug 17, 2018 Linda Wilson
Aug 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2018 Nakisha Shelley
Aug 17, 2018 Kelley Merrell
Aug 17, 2018 Dawn Campbell
Aug 17, 2018 Kim Brown I am a nurse and also had bilateral mastectomy. This surgery is by no means a simple surgery. Women need to be monitored for at least a couple of days.
Aug 17, 2018 David Meneses B.
Aug 17, 2018 rashni harichand
Aug 17, 2018 Candy Robbins
Aug 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Lori Bryant
Aug 16, 2018 Angelique Mcclean
Aug 16, 2018 Ceara Gray-Shannon
Aug 16, 2018 Gemma Eggleton
Aug 16, 2018 Patrizia Cordoni
Aug 16, 2018 Kim Rebello
Aug 15, 2018 Chris Bergström
Aug 15, 2018 Kristi Weber
Aug 15, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Aug 15, 2018 m march
Aug 15, 2018 Peggy Thomas
Aug 15, 2018 Regina Vieyra
Aug 15, 2018 Courtney Hernandez
Aug 15, 2018 Howard Olanier
Aug 15, 2018 Howard Olanier
Aug 15, 2018 Laure Leclerc
Aug 15, 2018 Deann Nash RN
Aug 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2018 Sandra Holbrook
Aug 15, 2018 Dawn Brolsma
Aug 15, 2018 Mary Greer
Aug 15, 2018 kristine brovold
Aug 15, 2018 Ann Conney
Aug 15, 2018 Darlene Simpson
Aug 15, 2018 Sissel Frettim
Aug 15, 2018 Marie-Claire Jacques
Aug 15, 2018 Peggy Frazier
Aug 15, 2018 Debra Haraldson
Aug 15, 2018 John Lackenbauer
Aug 15, 2018 Kathryn Keegan

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