How is a local-regional recurrence of breast cancer treated?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020
  • Author: Joseph A Sparano, MD; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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Recommendations vary by site of recurrence, as follows:

  • For axillary recurrence, treatment is surgical resection if possible, plus RT if possible to the chest wall, supraclavicular and infraclavicular nodes, and axilla

  • For supraclavicular recurrence, treatment is RT if possible to the chest wall and supraclavicular and infraclavicular nodes

  • For internal mammary node recurrence, treatment is RT if possible to the chest wall, supraclavicular and infraclavicular nodes, and internal mammary nodes


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