Reservations about conservative surgery for early breast cancer

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.845b (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:845
  1. E A Benson
  1. Consultant surgeon Breast Unit, General Infirmary at Leeds, Leeds LS1 3EX

    EDITOR,—Several points need to be made before there is a wholesale switch to conservative surgery for breast cancer.1

    I find the proposal that tumours up to 4 cm in diameter are suitable for conservation surgery extremely worrying. Whenever new and apparently less radical treatment becomes available it is important that patients should be carefully selected. Experience in Nottingham suggested that tumour size of over 2 cm was a risk factor for local …

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