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ABSTRACT: By now therapy decision taken by a multi-disciplinary oncology team in cancer care has become a routine method in worldwide. However, multi-disciplinary oncology team has to face more and more difficulties in keeping abreast with the fast development in oncology science, increasing expectations, and financial considerations. Naturally the not properly controlled decision mechanisms, the permanent lack of time and shortage of professionals are also hindering factors. Perhaps it would be a way out if the staff meetings and discussions of physicians in the oncology departments were transformed and provided with administrative, legal and decision credentials corresponding to those of multi-disciplinary oncology team. The new form of the oncotherapy oncoteam might be able to decide the optimal and particular treatment after previous consultation with the patient. The oncotherapy oncoteam is also suitable to carry out training and tasks of a cancer centre and by diminishing the psychological burden of the doctors it contributes to an improved patient care. This study presents the two-level multi-disciplinary and oncotherapy oncology team system at the University of Pécs including the detailed analysis of the considerations above. Orv. Hetil., 2012, 153, 1984-1991.
Orvosi Hetilap 12/2012; 153(50):1984-1991.
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ABSTRACT: The importance of preoperative neoadjuvant (NA) systemic treatment in operable breast cancer has significantly increased in the last few years. The aim of our retrospective study was to determine the effect of NA therapy in breast cancer patients treated in our unit and analyze radiological and pathological response rates in the context of surgical treatment.
One hundred and fourteen cases of breast cancer with NA therapy were analyzed and clinical data were collected from March 2007 to December 2010. Twenty-two patients received NA treatment for inoperable tumours. As far as operable cancers (92 patients), the indications for NA treatment were high tumour grade, presence of axillary metastasis and relatively young age. 5-Fluorouracil-Epirubicin-Cyclophosphamid or Taxotere-Epirubicin regimens were administered in 6 cycles followed by radiological evaluation and surgery. Herein, we compared the preoperative staging with the pathological results after surgery.
NA therapy resulted in complete regression in 17% of patients, significant regression in 21%, while moderate regression was achieved in 43% of patients. No regression was detected in 19%. The decrease in T stage was not followed by decrease in N stage in significant number of cases. Moreover, in some cases NA therapy caused complete radiological regression, while histologically it still remained positive. In certain cases, breast conserving surgery was feasible due to down-staging caused by NA therapy.
NA therapy was effective primarily in decreasing tumour size; however, it was less effective on axillary lymph node metastases. Due to the presence of the residual DCIS component, the volume of resection could not be decreased as much as down-staging of the invasive cancer would have permitted.
Magyar Sebészet (Hungarian Journal of Surgery) 10/2011; 64(5):223-8.
European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 06/2007; 140(2):275-6. · 1.84 Impact Factor