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Emiroglu M.,Tepecik Training and Research Hospital | Inal A.,Erzincan University | Sert I.,Van Training and Research Hospital | Ilhan E.,Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital | And 7 more authors.
Breast Cancer | Year: 2015

Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the experience, practice and approaches of general surgeons in relation to the treatment of breast cancer in Turkey. Methods: A survey was conducted between November 2012 and February 2013 with 453 general surgeons who claimed to perform breast surgery. Initial and most preferred approaches for breast cancer surgery and demographic features of participants were questioned. Initial approaches of surgeons for a suspected breast mass were assessed with a clinical scenario. Results: A total of 12.6 % of practicing general surgeons in Turkey responded to the survey. A multidisciplinary assessment was employed by 57.2 % of participants. The most frequently used diagnostic tool was needle biopsies (64.9 %) and the most frequently performed surgery for early stage cancers was breast-conserving surgery (72.2 %). The initial approach for locally advanced breast cancer was neoadjuvant chemotherapy (59.8 %) and mastectomy for metastatic cancer (22.7 %). Sentinel lymph node biopsies were utilized by 59.2 % of participants by different methods in appropriate cases. Oncoplastic breast surgery was performed by 9.0 % of participants, frequently or constantly. The surgeons’ initial approaches for the clinical scenario were imaging (56.7 %) and biopsy (40.6 %). Conclusions: Although there are efforts to improve up-to-date approaches towards breast cancer surgery by surgeons, currently there are significant inadequacies for evidence-based medicine practices. © 2013, The Japanese Breast Cancer Society. Source

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