A Concise History of Breast Cancer

Marc Lacroix
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Baelen, Belgium

Series: Cancer Etiology, Diagnosis and Treatments, Women’s Issues
BISAC: MED062000


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Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer. It is estimated that breast cancer affects more than 1,000,000 women worldwide each year, and about 450,000 die from the disease. During the last decades, breast cancer has received considerable attention, yet it is a very old disease that was described years and years ago. This book provides a summary of breast cancer history. It covers the ages from the ancient times to the early 2000’s, but mainly focuses on the 20th century and its numerous discoveries and inventions in the field of breast cancer detection, analysis and treatment.

Preface pp. i-vii

Chapter 1. From Prehistoric Times to the End of the Middle Ages pp. 1-8

Chapter 2. Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries pp. 9-18

Chapter 3. Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century and Beyond pp. 19-26

Chapter 4. Breast Cancer Surgery pp. 27-44

Chapter 5. Breast Cancer Radiotherapy pp. 45-58

Chapter 6. Breast Cancer Chemotherapy pp. 59-68

Chapter 7. Endocrine Therapy of Breast Cancer pp. 69-80

Chapter 8. Targeted Therapy of Breast Cancer (including Immunotherapy)pp. 81-90

Chapter 9. Beyond Breast Cancer Staging and Grading pp. 91-102

Chapter 10. Beyond Breast Cancer Genetics pp. 103-118

Chapter 11. Beyond Breast Cancer Imaging and Detection pp. 119-142

Chapter 12. Beyond-Breast Cancer Models pp. 143-150

Bibliography pp. 151-154

Index pp. 155-163

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