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The surgeon, radiologist, and chemotherapist all may be called upon to treat breast cancer, which some investigators report is the most common sex-specific malignancy in the United States. Accordingly, a discussion of advanced forms of the disease attracted a substantial audience of physicians at the Clinical Convention.
Some of the views expressed by the three speakers:
Mastectomy frequently reduces the total tumor dose of the advanced breast cancer patient to the point where a satisfactory tumorhost relationship is struck, declared Benjamin F. Byrd, MD, assistant professor of surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn. The operation thus can play a vital role in helping the patient live with her tumor, he said. He suggested that all therapy, whether surgical, radiologic, or chemotherapeutic, should be seen as a method of altering the tumor-host relationship in favor of the patient.
Answering a question, Byrd said that oophorectomy should not be
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