Exploring the Latest Advancements in Breast Cancer Awareness and Treatment: A Focus on Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Dr Carol Benn’s Insights
Around the world, October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness of the most common women’s cancer while examining the latest trends and advancements in breast cancer treatment and detection.
In her article, “Latest Breast Cancer Trends”, Dr Carol Benn, Head of the Breast Unit of Helen Joseph Hospital, writes: “Breast cancer treatment has evolved over the last 50 years, from a disease treated mainly by surgeons to now being a showcase for multidisciplinary team management. Advancement in the understanding of oncological care has resulted in swings from large radical surgery (Halstedian mastectomies) to breast-conserving surgery … The standard surgical therapeutic option for patients with stage 1 and 2 breast cancers in the 21st century is breast conservation with radiation therapy 19.1. This combination has outcomes with less morbidity and at least equivalent recurrence of disease, compared to the classical radical mastectomy.”
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