Carcinoma of the breast is in many ways a crucial cancer. It has fair claim to be held to be the crucial cancer; for in it, as the exemplar of a killing cancer, the value of surgical extirpation finds its greatest test. The terms are relative but, compared with other regularly lethal cancers such as those of bronchus, pancreas and stomach, it is superficial, easily and early diag-nosable, and potentially removable in toto. If local extirpative measures have limited success here, they can hardly be expected to do better with the deeper-seated cancers. To be sure, when each form of cancer is shown to have its own therapeutically exploitable difference from the others in biological behaviour, this view will require revision but, despite hints, that day is not yet.
KeywordsLobular Carcinoma Partial Mastectomy Lobular Neoplasia Fibrocystic Disease Simple Mastectomy
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