Beyond toxicity: The challenge and importance of understanding the full impact of treatment decisions

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Abstract

Because the majority of patients will experience long-term survival after a breast cancer diagnosis, increased attention appropriately has focused on the full spectrum of challenges faced by patients after the initial stages of treatment, including their employment status. Although finding a cure remains the greatest challenge in breast cancer and in many other cancer types, while pursuing that goal it will be important to continue to enhance our knowledge regarding the consequences of therapy that extend beyond toxicity, and even beyond standard measures of quality of life.

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