Shifting Roles in Breast Cancer Care
As the ability to identify the lowest risk patients grows, and minimally or noninvasive treatments for breast cancer improve, experts believe the need for surgical intervention will diminish. But that doesn’t mean surgeons’ responsibilities will disappear.
“One issue we’re all grappling with is that there may be less surgery to do. Our medical oncology colleagues are identifying and hitting targets, and over time surgery—and I predict radiation, as well—may become less relevant,” said Sheldon M. Feldman, MD, the chief of breast surgical oncology and director of breast cancer services at Montefiore Medical Center, and a professor of surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City.
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