Lower Mortality Rates, Over-treatment Will Be Key Breast Cancer Conference Topics

Lower Mortality Rates, Over-treatment Will Be Key Breast Cancer Conference Topics
A one-third drop in breast cancer deaths the past three decades will be a major topic at an international conference in Vienna from March 14-18 focusing on detection and treatment developments. The 15th St. Gallen Breast Cancer Conference, and the 3rd Vienna Breast Surgery Day that is associated with it, has attracted 5,000 breast cancer experts from around the world. Breast cancer over-treatment and improving patients' quality of life will be other important topics at the event. Specialists at the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital will be among those calling for a new focus on improving quality of life. Advances in detection and treatment are the main reasons more women are surviving breast cancer. Molecular-biological approaches, and interdisciplinary treatment plans, were central to achieving this result. "Nowadays, we believe that successful treatment is only possible by taking a more interdisciplinary approach,” Michael Gnant, head of surgery at MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital, said in a news release. "We are able to provide this at the CCC of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital, because we have combined all the disciplines under one roof. These include fundamental cancer research, the specialist areas involved and clinical research, and this enables us to keep our finger on the pulse of medical progress," said Gnant, who is also the CCC's deputy head and the president of the A
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