Introduction: Breast cancer is the most common of the types of cancer occurring in India, followed by lung cancer and cervical cancer. Breast cancer is categorized into operable and advanced breast cancer for the management purpose. While early detection is the key for successful breast cancer treatment, one in three women in rural India had not even heard of the deadly disease. Due to lack of awareness most of women from rural background reach hospitals with advanced disease. This study was done to determine how different modalities of treatment affect the outcome in advanced breast cancer patients with rural background.
Aims and Objectives: To evaluate cases of advanced breast cancer clinically and by relevant investigations in rural population. To evaluate the role of surgery either in the first presentation of patient or after chemotherapy.
Materials and Methods: This study was conducted in Rabindranath Tagore Medical College, Udaipur (Rajasthan). A total of 40 patients with locally advanced breast cancer were evaluated.
Conclusion: In the patients of locally advanced carcinoma breast with rural background, surgery with adjuvant chemotherapy is a better option in comparison to neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery. The reason is that many of patients do not return for surgery after neoadjuvant chemotherapy.