CityViews: How to Close the Racial Gap at the Frontier of Medicine

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The evolution of breast cancer management—and cancer management overall—has rapidly changed over the past several decades. As a result, patients now face a myriad of treatment options. For example, should a person at increased risk for breast cancer take the drug tamoxifen as a means of preventive care? If someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, should they opt for a lumpectomy (removal of just the tumor) instead of a full mastectomy? Should they take tamoxifen instead of having chemotherapy after surgery to prevent recurrent breast cancer? Should a patient ask their surgeon to sample a few nodes using a technique called a sentinel lymph node biopsy? Or should they undergo an axillary lymph node dissection and have 20 lymph nodes tested, which could increase their risk of arm swelling or lymphedema?

Breast cancer patients face these questions not because their doctors are…

Original published: 2019-02-11 09:44:53 Read the full New York City News here


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