Study of open access centre for patients with breast cancer is planned

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1547a (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1547
  1. Peter Kirkbride,
  2. Katherine Vallis
  1. Staff radiation oncologist Staff radiation oncologist Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2M9

    EDITOR,—Routine follow up of patients with breast cancer is believed to serve two main purposes: to provide early detection of locoregional recurrence and new primary tumours and psychosocial support for the patient. Since it does not, at present, translate into improved survival, early detection of distant metastatic disease is not a priority.1 2

    The clinical trial reported by Eva Grunfeld and colleagues suggests that the two main aims of follow up in breast cancer may be achieved as well by …

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