Edited by Stephen Johnston
Breast cancer may affect up to 1 in 10 women in the Western world and is the leading cause of female cancer deaths. Yet despite these gloomy statistics, the mortality rates have fallen consistently over the last 10 to 20 years, in part due to more effective treatment and a unified multidisciplinary approach to care. At the same time, much has been learnt about the aetiology, genetics, and biology of the disease, and some of this information is now shaping the way we treat breast cancer.
This handbook has been developed as a modern guide and reference for working clinicians and trainees involved in treating women with breast cancer. An international panel of experts have written 12 chapters which cover our current understanding of the aetiology and pathogenesis of breast cancer, the issue of screening, and the management of early breast cancer by the surgeon, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist. Likewise, recent advances in the management of advanced metastatic disease are outlined, together with a look to the future and the promise of new targeted therapies which may further improve the outlook for women with breast cancer. It is hoped the reader will find the book a useful guide and provide a greater understanding of the complex issues involved in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.