Surgery in metastatic breast cancer

J. Ruiterkamp

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At the time of the diagnosis, about 5% of breast cancer patients have metastases elsewhere in the body. This is called primary metastatic mammary carcinoma. Currently, the majority of these patients do not undergo breast surgery. In the last 10 years, several observational studies were published in which the removal of the breast tumour seemed associated with a survival advantage. This has been studied in more detail and confirmed in this dissertation. Moreover, this research studied the possible advantage of surgical treatment of the metastases in patients who develop these at a later stage, particularly of liver and lung metastases.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Tjan - Heijnen, Vivianne, Supervisor
  • Ernst, Manon, Co-Supervisor
  • Voogd, Adri, Co-Supervisor
Award date21 Jun 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789090267890
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Breast cancer
  • metastases
  • surgery

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