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Analysis by Surgical Trainees Examines Recommendations for Mastectomy Across the UK

A woman’s decision to undergo mastectomy for breast cancer relies on communication with her surgeon and, in addition, often draws on recommendations from a “multidisciplinary team” (MDT) of doctors from different specialties such as oncology and radiology. An analysis published in the BJS found that most mastectomies in the UK are advised when tumours are large, and that some of these might have been avoided if more women had been given hormone therapy or chemotherapy to shrink the cancer before the surgery.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:01 am EST

A woman’s decision to undergo mastectomy for breast cancer relies on communication with her surgeon and, in addition, often draws on recommendations from a “multidisciplinary team” (MDT) of doctors from different specialties such as oncology and radiology. An analysis published in the BJS found that most mastectomies in the UK are advised when tumours are large, and that some of these might have been avoided if more women had been given hormone therapy or chemotherapy to shrink the cancer before the surgery.

The authors noted that if the MDTs in the UK used standard recommendations for hormone therapy or chemotherapy before breast cancer surgery, this could potentially reduce the number of women who needed a mastectomy. 

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bjs.11383

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BJS is published on behalf of the BJS Society Ltd by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal’s influence and standing has grown over the years through the ownership of its registered charity, the BJS Society. The Society’s objectives are to advance and improve education in surgery and to diffuse knowledge on new and improved methods of teaching and practising surgery in all its branches. It does this primarily through the promotion of the Journal but it has also developed strategic European partnerships. The BJS Council of Management is drawn mainly from these partner surgical associations whose relationship has increased the Journal profile and broadened its attraction globally. The Council is proud of the quality of the journal, the content of which is further enhanced by a hands-on approach by its editorial team in improving submitted manuscripts and the journal content.

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