Surgery of the chest wall for involvement by breast cancer

Massimiliano D'Aiuto, Marcellino Cicalese, Giuseppe D'Aiuto, Gaetano Rocco

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Chest wall involvement by breast cancer remains a difficult clinical challenge that may occur at the time of the primary diagnosis or later as a result of locoregional breast cancer recurrence. A case-by-case multidisciplinary approach is strongly recommended, and a multimodality therapy should be always considered. Full-thickness resection of the chest wall can be done with acceptable morbidity and mortality, providing a good palliation and a better quality of life even to patients with poor prognosis. Moreover, in well-selected cases, chest wall resection results in locoregional control of disease and prolongation of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-517
Number of pages9
JournalThoracic Surgery Clinics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • Breast cancer
  • Chest wall
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery

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