Monday, 28 March 2016 11:44

"Doctor, What are My Chances?......."

Perhaps every breast cancer survivor has wondered, and every clinician has wondered what is the risk of breast cancer recurrence over the survivor's lifespan.  What data is available, and does it reflect decades of follow up?

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     As a physician, I have long accepted the need to avoid standard clinical procedures on the arm that is on the same side of a woman's breast cancer.  This would include blood pressure measurements, blood draws, IV administration, etc.  Some of the clinical "wisdom" associated with this standard practice dates back to the usage of the Radical Mastectomy as the accepted surgical technique for breast cancer.  This concept originated in the early 1900's.  Has there been any recent clinical study of these clinical limitations?

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