New findings on breast cancer treatment spark medical debate

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Stage 0 breast cancer, also known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is considered a very early stage of breast cancer, in which cancer cells are confined to the milk ducts only. The incidence of DCIS has seen a dramatic increase in an era when technological advances make it possible to detect abnormalities that might have gone unnoticed in the past.

The vast majority of women with Stage 0 cancers undergo either a lumpectomy (tumour removal without removing the breast) or a mastectomy (removal of the entire breast). Especially in the case of a mastectomy, surgery can have far-reaching consequences for women beyond treatment, including scarring, disfigurement and complications such as lymphedema (swelling of the lymph nodes). The scars can also be emotional and psychological, affecting a woman’s relationships and self-esteem. Finally, a woman’s working life and career prospects may be adversely affected. It is therefore not surprising that a recently published study has made headlines[i] suggesting that treatment might not have Read more

“For cancer cases, a Second Medical Opinion can be life-saving”

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A specialist in paediatric immunology, oncology, haematology and bone marrow transplantation at Wrocław Medical University, Prof. Krzysztof Kałwak heads the paediatric transplant unit, the largest facility for paediatric haematopoietic stem cell transplantation in Poland and one of the largest paediatric transplant units in all of Europe. Prof. Kałwak’s research and guidelines have been published widely throughout Poland and abroad and he is the National Coordinator for two paediatric illnesses, chronic myeloid leukaemia and congenital neurotropenia. Prof. Kałwak is a Medical Advisor to Best Doctors.

An Interview with Prof. Krzysztof Kalwak Second Medical Opinions are a natural part of the diagnostic process, with doctors regularly consulting other doctors about their cases. How does having access to international experts improve on this practice? A Second Medical Opinion from abroad can be hugely influential in ensuring that the local treating team arrives at the correct diagnosis, including carrying out testing to confirm or rule out the original diagnosis. It can also provide advice on the most appropriate, most effective and least toxic treatments based on the latest innovations and findings. Why is this especially vital for cancer cases? The longer it Read more