Surgical Therapy for Primary Mammary Cancer

  • W. J. Burdette
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research / Fortschritte der Krebsforschung / Progrès dans les recherches sur le cancer book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 42)

Abstract

The disconcerting realization that carcinoma of the breast usually is disseminated when called to the attention of the clinician not only lends a sense of urgency to the solution of a major problem in oncology but also causes the physician to weigh the probable stage of the disease against the best odds offered by a variety of therapeutic regimens. Radical mastectomy has maintained a place in the forefront of best choices for therapy of localized and regional disease for over three-quarters of a century and is responsible for the first really successful management of mammary carcinoma. The remarkable advances in palliative therapy consisting of administration of hormones and ablation of endocrine glands marked a surge of hope in mid-century which so far has not been reflected in dramatically increasing the number of cures. On the other hand, the results of radiotherapy have improved with the use of megavoltage and gamma irradiation and possibly may be made even more effective by future developments of alternate choices.

Keywords

Adenocarcinoma Mast Univer Lymphedema Rhabdomyosarcoma 

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