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Breast. 2007 Feb;16(1):102-3. Epub 2006 Nov 1.

Locally advanced breast cancer in a 15th century painting in Milan.

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Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, Ninewells Drive, Level 6 Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK. j.s.vaidya@dundee.ac.uk

Abstract

This previously unreported Renaissance painting depicts a young woman with locally advanced breast cancer reaching out towards a healing potion in the church of Santa Maria della Grazia in Milan, that houses Leonardo da Vinci's Last supper. Today's potion may well contain neoadjuvant systemic therapy including trastuzumab that may allow breast conserving surgery and targeted intraoperative radiotherapy.

PMID:
17081754
DOI:
10.1016/j.breast.2006.09.002
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