© 2017 Michael Dunnington
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women in the United States, and surgical resection is the definitive treatment. However, cancer recurrence and metastasis remains a concern for the lifetime of the patients affected. Therefore, much interest has been focused on how anesthetic technique may impact the rates of cancer recurrence and metastasis following breast cancer surgery. In this review, the potential for regional analgesia to reduce the recurrence rate of breast cancer post-operatively is discussed. Supporting evidence from multiple studies is presented, along with a discussion of potential areas of future research that is needed. At this time, there is no definitive answer regarding the optimal anesthetic technique to enhance patient outcomes after breast cancer surgery. However, ongoing research has the potential to enhance our understanding of how anesthetic technique may impact long-term breast cancer survival.
Dunnington, Michael, "Regional Anesthesia And Breast Cancer Recurrence" (2017). Nurse Anesthesia Capstones. 15.