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Treatment-induced complications 

Treatment-induced complications
Treatment-induced complications

James Harvey

, Sue Down

, Rachel Bright-Thomas

, John Winstanley

, and Hugh Bishop

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date: 01 July 2022

Treatment induced complications. Complications following any treatment for breast cancer are important, as, aside from the obvious immediate problems, any complication can delay further treatment, thus potentially compromising prognosis and mortality. This chapter covers in some detail potential problems arising following surgery, radiotherapy and systemic therapy. Risk factors for surgical complications are expounded, and post-operative sequelae are described as immediate, early and late problems. This is essential knowledge when consenting patients for surgery, but also invaluable for those whom the patient consults regarding surgical options prior to making a final decision. Similarly, the side effects of radiotherapy, hormonal manipulation, chemotherapy and biological therapies should be recognised early, and appropriate action taken to minimise morbidity and reduce any delay in further adjuvant treatment.

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