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Question: What are the guidelines for stage III breast cancer.

Answer:

Modified radical mastectomy is performed with postoperative chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy, depending on estrogen and progesterone receptor status of the tumor and menopausal status of the patient, followed by local radiotherapy. For very large or fixed tumors that are initially deemed to be inoperable, preoperative chemotherapy or hormonal therapy may render such cancers surgically removable.

Reference: American Joint Committee on Cancer: Cancer Staging Manual, 6th ed. New York, Springer-Verlag, 2002.

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