Major Advance in Breast-Cancer Therapy

James F. Holland

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Fifteen years after surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy were shown to be of value in mice with spontaneous breast cancer,1properly designed trials in the human disease now show dramatic effects. Formerly, the physician served by waiting until the surgeon discovered clinically evident metastasis, before treatment (foredestined to be palliative) was initiated. This system has been replaced by a wholly new, early collaborative approach. Elsewhere in this issue of the Journal Bonadonna et al. report a work of monumental importance. The foundations for this advance are fourfold, the first being an understanding that breast cancer is fundamentally not a local disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-441
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - 19 Feb 1976


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