Initial Management of Carcinoma of the Breast with Radiation Therapy Instead of Mastectomy
Cancer of the breast remains the most common form of cancer in women in the United States, with an estimated 100,000 new cases and 34,000 deaths in 1979. It is also undoubtedly the most controversial malignancy in terms of its management. Historically, attempts to improve the cure rate of this disease have focused on different approaches to local therapy, such as performing a more extensive operation or adding radiation to inaccessible lymph nodes. These attempts have been based on the notion that breast cancer begins as a single focus and spreads in an orderly fashion to regional lymph nodes before it disseminates to distant sites.
KeywordsBreast Cancer Axillary Lymph Node Local Excision Radical Mastectomy Radiation Pneumonitis
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