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Breast Cancer. 2005;12(1):21-5.

Team approach to providing the multidisciplinary medical treatment derived by the patients and their family.

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  • 1Department of Breast Oncology, National Kyushu Cancer Center, 3-1-1 Notame, Minami-ku, Fukuoka 811-1395, Japan.


To date, the biological approach to breast cancer, such as pathologic subtype genetic analysis has been well investigated, and is considered to be the most important approach to under breast cancer treatment. Recently, the importance of a team approach to multidisciplinary medical treatment and holistic medical treatment has been recognized. The five following points are important: 1) recognition of patients' needs, 2) clarifying responsibility, 3) respect for each other, 4) maintaining good communication, 5) updating the system. Our original 'team approach path' is useful as a communication tool between a patient and the staff. Patient satisfaction is the purpose and a team approach is one method of carrying out medical treatment led by a patient as well as the medical treatment and informed decision based on narrative.

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