Breast cancer - past, present and future
Physiotherapists have an important role to play in the rehabilitation and early diagnosis of patients with breast cancer. The change from a simple removal of a tumour to Halsted's mastectomy, to a modified radical mastectomy is described. Breast conserving treatment which is equivalent to mastectomy in terms of recurrence and survival is discussed. An appeal is made for physiotherapists to renew their interest in patients with breast cancer and also to play a part in early diagnosis programmes.