Changing indications for surgery in patients with stage IV breast cancer: A current perspective
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Practice Patterns, Physicians'
Although surgery in MBC has historically been reserved for palliation, the authors observed a decreasing rate of traditional 'toilet mastectomy' and a broadened surgical approach to the asymptomatic patient. When viewed in parallel with evolving concepts in cancer biology, these data reflect a change in the traditional approach to patients with MBC and warrant further investigation.