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Breast Cancer in Women Aged 80 Years or Older: An Analysis of Treatment Patterns and Disease Outcomes. Clin Breast Cancer 2019 06;19(3):157-164



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2-s2.0-85061903904   4 Citations


No clear standard treatment guidelines exist for older women with breast cancer. In this study we aimed to examine the practice patterns and treatment outcomes of women ≥80 years old with invasive breast cancer. A retrospective chart review at a single academic institution was performed of 124 women diagnosed with stage I to III invasive breast cancer aged ≥80 years between 2005 and 2014. Median age of diagnosis was 84 years. Fifty-nine of the cancers (48%) were detected using mammography. One hundred twelve patients (90%) underwent surgery. There was no difference in comorbidities between the surgical and nonsurgical group (P = .800). In multivariate analysis, age was predictive of receiving surgery (P < .001). Overall survival probability was higher for those who received hormonal therapy (P = .002), radiation therapy (P = .041), and those with lower-stage tumors (P = .018). Surgery was not predictive of survival. It is important to consider comorbidities, complications and, longevity when determining whether elderly women diagnosed with breast cancer benefit from surgery.

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Ferrigni E, Bergom C, Yin Z, Szabo A, Kong AL


Amanda L. Kong MD, MS Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Aniko Szabo PhD Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Breast Neoplasms
Combined Modality Therapy
Practice Patterns, Physicians'
Survival Rate
Treatment Outcome
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