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An approach to the management of locally advanced breast cancer: Part 2

K Hill

Abstract


Caring for a patient with locally advanced breast cancer requires a multidisciplinary approach, whether cure or palliation. Patient expectations need to be discussed, while alternative and holistic approaches help to reinforce the patient’s belief that their decision regarding care is correct. It is important to recognise that a patient’s decision to choose ‘no treatment’ should be treated with respect. Psychological support and care are vital, requiring a non-judgemental relationship built on trust. 


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K Hill, Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Breast cancer; Palliation

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(5):. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8278

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-04-01
Date published: 2014-04-05

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