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Most recurrences after breast conservation are detected by regular hospital visits

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1548a (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1548
  1. J M Dixon,
  2. B Norman
  1. Honorary senior lecturer in surgery Edinburgh Breast Unit, Department of Surgery, University of Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh EH3 9YW
  2. Phase III medical student University of Edinburgh

    EDITOR,—Eva Grunfeld and colleagues state that most recurrences of breast cancer (18 out of 25) were detected by the women themselves between routine visits.1 One must be clear why patients with breast cancer have regular follow up. It is not to detect metastatic disease, as there is clear evidence that early detection and treatment of such disease do not produce benefits.2 The aim is to detect local recurrence so …

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