Treating inoperable breast cancer is ‘extremely difficult’

Locally advanced inoperable breast cancer can be extremely difficult to treat, a new study has indicated.

Research from the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) found that the majority of patients treated for the disease suffer relapse and are not able to survive. 

Dr Konstantinos Tryfonidis, EORTC clinical research physician and lead author of this review, said: “Locally advanced breast cancer is a term that includes a wide variety of breast tumors ranging from large operable cancers with extensive nodal involvement to inflammatory breast carcinomas.”

Mr Tryfonidis went on to say that inoperable cases resulting from extensive skin involvement need to be addressed. 

Dr Fatima Cardoso of the Champalimaud Clinical Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, also commented on the plans, noting that the prognosis for patients with the tumours is “often unfavourable.”

However, Dr Cardoso explained that advances in therapy provide some hope to patients dealing with the condition. 

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