Primary tumor resection improves the survival of younger patients with metastatic breast cancer.

@article{Shien2009PrimaryTR,
  title={Primary tumor resection improves the survival of younger patients with metastatic breast cancer.},
  author={Tadahiko Shien and Takayuki Kinoshita and Chikako Shimizu and Takashi Hojo and Naruto Taira and Hiroyoshi Doihara and Sadako Akashi-Tanaka},
  journal={Oncology reports},
  year={2009},
  volume={21 3},
  pages={827-32}
}
Current treatments for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) include palliation with chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy, neither of which has the effect of adequately improving survival. Local surgery to remove the primary breast tumor is performed to improve local control and prevent uncontrolled chest wall disease (UCD). From June 1962 to February 2007, 344 patients with MBC were treated at National Cancer Center Hospital. In our review of these cases, we evaluated the prognostic impact of local… CONTINUE READING

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