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Breast Unit Guidelines

The requirements of a specialist breast unit

3. Background

In the UK the recommendations of the report 'A Policy Framework for Commissioning Cancer Services' [5] were that specialist breast units be established, staffed by clinicians and other professionals specialising in single 'anatomical areas', such as in the breast. A number of reports from groups concerned in the management of breast disease were published by the British Breast Group [6] ; by the Breast Specialty Group of the British Association of Surgical Oncology (BASO) [7] [8] and by the UK NHS Executive [9] . The European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) has published similar guidelines [10] to those of BASO and European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Mammographic Screening have been published [11] .

All these reports recommend that breast disease be cared for by specialists in breast disease working as teams in Breast Units.

Across Europe an increasing number of well organised multidisciplinary Breast Units have been established but overall the quality of each service is variable. It is the hope of those working in the field that the recommendations in this report will become mandatory thus building a breast cancer service of the highest quality throughout Europe.

In order that this may be assured it is necessary that standards are set which any hospital wishing to form a recognised Breast Cancer Unit must meet.

Further Eusoma working parties have made recommendations to establish quality standards in the separate aspects of breast cancer care and have published Guidelines on diagnosis, local treatment of the primary tumour, management of risk and reconstruction, endocrine therapy and radiotherapy [12] [13] [14] [15] [16].

Please use this address to send us any comments you want to make on the guidelines - we welcome your feedback:


San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. 5th-9th December 2017 , San Antonio,Texas,USA

San Antonio
Breast Cancer Symposium
5th-9th December 2017
San Antonio,Texas,USA

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