The European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists recommendations for the management of young women with breast cancer

Eur J Cancer. 2012 Dec;48(18):3355-77. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2012.10.004. Epub 2012 Oct 29.


EUSOMA (The European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists) is committed to writing recommendations on different topics of breast cancer care which can be easily adopted and used by health professionals dedicated to the care of patients with breast cancer in their daily practice. In 2011, EUSOMA identified the management of young women with breast cancer as one of the hot topics for which a consensus among European experts was needed. Therefore, the society recently organised a workshop to define such recommendations. Thirteen experts from the different disciplines met for two days to discuss the topic. This international and multidisciplinary panel thoroughly reviewed the literature in order to prepare evidence-based recommendations. During the meeting, two working groups were set up to discuss in detail diagnosis and loco-regional and systemic treatments, including both group aspects of psychology and sexuality. The conclusions reached by the working groups were then discussed in a plenary session to reach panel consensus. Whenever possible, a measure of the level of evidence (LoE) from 1 (the highest) to 4 (the lowest) degree, based on the methodology proposed by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), was assigned to each recommendation. The present manuscript presents the recommendations of this consensus group for the management of young women with breast cancer in daily clinical practice.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Breast Implants
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Intraductal, Noninfiltrating / therapy
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Disease Management
  • Female
  • Fertility Preservation
  • Humans
  • Lactation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Mammography / methods
  • Mammography / statistics & numerical data
  • Mass Screening
  • Mastectomy / methods
  • Mastectomy / statistics & numerical data
  • Menopause, Premature
  • Neoplasm Staging / methods
  • Neoplastic Syndromes, Hereditary / diagnosis
  • Neoplastic Syndromes, Hereditary / epidemiology
  • Osteoporosis / prevention & control
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic / therapy
  • Radiotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Young Adult