Will breast surgery always be needed?

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Question from Brenda: Do you think that treatment/s will eventually be used only and no breast tissue will have to removed?
Answers - Carol Kaplan It's hard to say confidently that there will ever be a time that breast surgery does not play a role in the care of a breast cancer patient. Of course, as we quickly move into the era of targeted breast cancer drugs, one can never say what might come. But I believe breast surgery is not going anywhere for the time being.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2008 ASCO Annual Meeting featured Generosa Grana, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Carol Kaplan, M.D. answering your questions about the latest research advances on screening, treatment, side effects, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in June 2008.

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