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JOURNAL OF BREAST HEALTH, vol.7, no.2, pp.68-89, 2011 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF BREAST HEALTH
  • Page Numbers: pp.68-89


The definition of locally advanced breast cancer mainly describes the clinically stage III disease. The aim of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) is achieving the chance of applying breast- conserving surgery (BCS) in primary operable breast cancer; ensuring the opportunity of operation and prolong the survival in inoperable and inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). The complete staging of the disease should have been completed before the NACT. Tru- cut biopsy of the mass in the breast should be carried out and it should be enough to examine ER, PR and HER- 2 status and archive. The place of the primary tumor should be marked before the surgery. As NACT, anthracycline and taxan containing regimens should be applied preferably sequentially until the maximum response can be achieved. The response should be assessed clinically and radiologically before surgery, and pathologically after surgery. BCS should be carried out including the place of the primary tumor. Total mastectomy is the standart operation in inoperable and IBC. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy is controversial after NACT. Neoadjuvant hormonal therapy can be used for postmenopausal and hormone- receptor (HR) strongly positive patients who rejected chemotherapy or who is not able to take chemotherapy. After completion of chemotherapy, HR positive patients should receive hormonotherapy, for five years according to the menopausal status. HER- 2 positive patients should receive trastuzumab concurrently with NACT and it should be continued after the surgery as a part of adjuvant treatment and completed into total of 52 weeks usage. All patients should receive radiotherapy postoperatively regardless of the response to NACT.