Look for treatment near home, or travel?


Question from Etofhb: IBC diagnosed 2 days ago. Trying to decide if it's better to travel 2 hours alone to a major cancer center or stay with my support and go to a local cancer center in our area. How important is the psychological support versus a cutting-edge hospital?
Answers - Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, M.D., F.A.C.P. For high-risk and aggressive breast cancers, including inflammatory breast cancer, one usually has a single opportunity for cure. It is critical to find a well-trained and highly interactive team of breast cancer specialists in order to succeed. So especially for inflammatory breast cancer, it would be important to make the extra effort to find such a team. If such a team exists in your local community, then great. If it does not, the 2-hour trip is more than worth it.
Thomas Buchholz I agree with Dr. Hortobagyi.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2006, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D., Thomas Buchholz, M.D., andĀ moderatorĀ Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answered your questions about inflammatory breast cancer, a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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