Treatment of Patients with Early Breast Cancer: Evidence, Controversies, Consensus: German Expert Opinions on the 17th International St. Gallen Consensus Conference
Journal Paper/Review - May 19, 2021
Untch Michael, Harbeck Nadia, Thill Marc, Schneeweiss Andreas, Müller Volkmar, Luftner Diana, Loibl Sibylle, Kühn Thorsten, Krug David, Kolberg-Liedtke Cornelia, Janni Wolfgang, Jackisch Christian, Huober Jens, Haidinger Renate, Denkert Carsten, Budach Wilfried, Brucker Sara Y, Fasching Peter A, Thomssen Christoph
This year's 17th St. Gallen (SG) Consensus Conference on the Treatment of Patients with Early Breast Cancer (SG-BCC) with the title "Customizing local and systemic therapies for women with early breast cancer" focused on the challenge of targeting the treatment of early breast cancer more specifically to the individual disease situation of each patient. As in previous years, a German working group of leading breast cancer experts discussed the results of the international SG-BCC 2021 in the context of the German guideline. It is helpful to compare the SG recommendations with the recently updated treatment recommendations of the Breast Commission of the German Working Group on Gynaecological Oncology (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynäkologische Onkologie e. V., AGO) and the S3 guideline because the SG-BCC panel comprised experts from different countries, which is why country-specific aspects can be incorporated into the SG recommendations. The German treatment recommendations of the AGO and the S3 guideline are based on current evidence. Nevertheless, any therapeutic decision must always undergo a risk-benefit analysis for the specific situation and to be discussed with the patient.