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Current Opinion in Supportive & Palliative Care:
doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000029
LOCALLY ADVANCED BREAST CANCER: Edited by Mark Clemons

The range and role of palliative interventions for locally advanced breast cancer

Jarvis, Virginia

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Abstract

Purpose of review

The role of palliative care interventions in patients with nonmetastatic disease is unclear. Locally advanced breast cancer (LABC) is such a diagnosis that presents a platform to examine the relationship of symptom management while patients are receiving treatment with curative intent.

Recent findings

Overwhelming physical and psychological symptoms can affect women with LABC. Fungating lesions at the time of primary presentation remain a major challenge. Treatments specifically for the treatment of fungating lesions using new dressings, topical analgesics, buccal opioids, and old techniques such as larval therapy were explored.

Summary

LABC is a complex biosocial disease that requires a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to care.

© 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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