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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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