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Surgical oncology

Why biopsying metastatic breast cancer should be routine

Currently, acquisition of tissue from presumed metastatic deposits in breast cancer is not routine. Instead therapeutic decisions in this setting are based on the features of the tumor at initial diagnosis. As biopsies are diagnostic and changes can occur between the primary and the secondary tumors, the routine biopsy of suspected metastatic deposits needs to be considered. Such biopsies will also be key to translational research, which will underpin future therapeutic advances.

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Sharma, A., Crook, T., Thompson, A. et al. Why biopsying metastatic breast cancer should be routine. Nat Rev Clin Oncol 7, 72–74 (2010).

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