Advice for Treating Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Stephanie Graff, MD

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July 28, 2022

Stephanie Graff, MD, wants oncologists who are early in their careers to keep a couple of pieces of advice in mind as they chart their course in treating patients with breast cancer. First, Dr Graff wants to remind clinicians to take into consideration the profound life-altering event that occurs when patients are given the diagnosis of breast cancer and how that affects them.

Dr Graff also wants early clinicians to remember the "art of medicine." This concept informs important treatment decisions by taking into consideration both efficacy and potential side effects that are associated with some therapies, such as those used in premenopausal patients with early-stage breast cancer. Dr Graff advises clinicians to leave second options for treatment on the table.

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