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Medicolegal and Ethics Did not take consent and removed the cancer!

52 yr. female patient presents with a breast mass for 2 mo. She says that she saw her mom die of breast cancer and would commit suicide if she has invasive breast cancer. She tells the physician her plan to use her medicine to overdose if this was true. Otherwise she does't have any plans to commit suicide. The physician schedules a biopsy in operating room. The biopsy comes back positive for invasive carcinoma. Surgeon decides to completely remove the mass.
Which of the following is the reason the surgeon didn't need informed consent to complete the surgery ?

A informed consent is never needed during an operation when cancer is found
B patient legally incompetent
C therapeutic privilege
D this was an emergent situation
E waiver
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I Will go with B
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I think C...when disclosing information might do more harm than good, informed consent isn't necessary---therapeutic privilege....
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I don't understand the meaning of C. Therapeutic privilege , but thats the answer bcos the others aren't ...lol stupid logic but sometimes work.

so C.
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Idea! [B]C[/B]

informed consent is required for any surgical procedure however there are couple exceptions. therapeutic privilege is exception to informed consent if giving the information would severely harm the patient or undermine the informed consent process. surgeon used the exception to informed consent - therapeutic privilege
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why the answer can`t be a waiver?
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why the answer can`t be a waiver?
I believe waiver, implies that the paitent Willingly allowes the doctor make the choices for her without her consent, in this case she never told the doctor to make the decision for her. So it cant be
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oh, i got it, thanks!
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