Oxford American handbook of oncology. Second Edition. Oxford University Press (2015)
Among women, breast cancer is the most common solid tumor and is second only to lung cancer in terms of cancer-related mortality.
Breast cancer research efforts have yielded significant advances in our knowledge regarding many relevant aspects of oncology:
- Medical genetics
- Screening of average- and high-risk women
- Management of early breast cancer, including breast conservation
- Neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapy
- Management of advanced breast cancer
Large clinical trials have enabled meta-analyses and evidence-based clinical guidelines. Our enhanced knowledge of breast oncology has translated directly into improved clinical care, as evidenced by a significant fall in breast cancer deaths over the past 30 years.