The European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists recommendations for the management of young women with breast cancer

Fatima Cardoso, Sibylle Loibl, Olivia Pagani, Alessandra Graziottin, Pietro Panizza, Laura Martincich, Oreste Gentilini, Fedro Peccatori, Alain Fourquet, Suzette Delaloge, Lorenza Marotti, Frédérique Penault-Llorca, Anna Maria Kotti-Kitromilidou, Alan Rodger, Nadia Harbeck

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Abstract

EUSOMA (The European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists) is committed to writing recommendations on different topics of breast cancer care which can be easily adopted and used by health professionals dedicated to the care of patients with breast cancer in their daily practice. In 2011, EUSOMA identified the management of young women with breast cancer as one of the hot topics for which a consensus among European experts was needed. Therefore, the society recently organised a workshop to define such recommendations. Thirteen experts from the different disciplines met for two days to discuss the topic. This international and multidisciplinary panel thoroughly reviewed the literature in order to prepare evidence-based recommendations. During the meeting, two working groups were set up to discuss in detail diagnosis and loco-regional and systemic treatments, including both group aspects of psychology and sexuality. The conclusions reached by the working groups were then discussed in a plenary session to reach panel consensus. Whenever possible, a measure of the level of evidence (LoE) from 1 (the highest) to 4 (the lowest) degree, based on the methodology proposed by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), was assigned to each recommendation. The present manuscript presents the recommendations of this consensus group for the management of young women with breast cancer in daily clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3355-3377
Number of pages23
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Volume48
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Fertility
  • Guidelines
  • Pregnancy
  • Treatment
  • Young women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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