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Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2013 Apr;22(2):299-317. doi: 10.1016/j.soc.2012.12.005. Epub 2013 Jan 3.

Multidisciplinary care of patients with early-stage breast cancer.

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Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research Program, Department of Medicine, Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC 27705, USA.


There is a compelling need for close coordination and integration of multiple specialties in the management of patients with early-stage breast cancer. Optimal patient care and outcomes depend on the sequential and often simultaneous participation and dialogue between specialists in imaging, pathologic and molecular diagnostic and prognostic stratification, and the therapeutic specialties of surgery, radiation oncology, and medical oncology. These are but a few of the various disciplines needed to provide modern, sophisticated management. The essential role for coordinated involvement of the entire health care team in optimal management of patients with early-stage breast cancer is likely to increase further.

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