New era of breast cancer management brings hope
Breast cancer management hope
Aggressive research currently underway brings hope of dramatic advances in breast cancer management, according to a new review. Published in the March 15, 2007 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the review reveals that new approaches in breast cancer imaging, investigations into the timing of chemotherapy, and research on breast cancer vaccines may lead to exciting new nonsurgical tools for the physician treating breast cancer patients. These new tools may significantly alter current screening and treatment paradigms used by surgical oncologists, as well improving the care of patients.
Our understanding of breast cancer has changed since Dr. William Halsted started performing radical mastectomies in the 1880s. Advances in genetics, immunology, and cell biology have demonstrated that breast cancer is not a single disease, but a complex family of diseases that requires fine-tuning of treatment at the level of the each individual patient. The current multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment