Treatment Considerations for Younger Patients With Breast Cancer

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Grant W. Carlson, MD, professor of surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Emory University Hospital, discusses treatment considerations for younger patients with breast cancer.

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Grant W. Carlson, MD, professor of surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Emory University Hospital, discusses treatment considerations for younger patients with breast cancer.

  • Understanding tumor biology and the necessity for systemic and radiation therapy impacts local choices for a surgeon
  • Younger patients with breast cancer are unique with regard to psychological and social needs, marital status, desire to have children, and health
  • Most younger patients are image-conscious and seek out breast reconstruction
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