Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Over surgery in breast cancer

Over surgery in breast cancer

The Breast: February 2017 Volume 31, Pages 284–289
MacNeill F

Breast surgery remains the original and most effective ‘targeted’ therapy: excision of early cancer is curative and for more advanced disease surgery improves local disease control. However in well intentioned pursuit of cure and local disease control, some cancers are over-treated resulting in major physical and emotional morbidity.Less breast surgery is safe, as evidenced by steady reductions in mortality and local recurrence; earlier diagnosis and widespread use of systemic therapies and radiotherapy have allowed more conservative surgery.