A retrospective comparison of detection and treatment of breast cancer in young and elderly patients

L. Repetto, M. Costantini, E. Campora, D. Amoroso, W. Gianni, A. Catturich, C. Vecchio, C. Simoni, V. Marigliano, R. Rosso, L. Santi

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Abstract

The medical records of all women (297 cases) with breast cancer ≤ 70 years of age, presenting at our Institute from January 1980 to December 1989, were reviewed. Data from 226 elderly women was compared to that from 100 stage-matched patients ≤ 50 years of age, presenting during the same 10-year study interval. Conservative surgery was significantly more frequent in young patients (71.1%) compared to elderly women (26.1%) and radical mastectomy according to Halsted was undertaken in 34.3% of the elderly group compared to 8.9% of young patients (p <0.001). Since 'incidental' diagnosis was significantly more frequent in the elderly group (59.9% versus 6.0%) (p <0.001), primary care physicians may play an important role in the early diagnosis of breast cancer in the majority of elderly women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-31
Number of pages5
JournalBreast Cancer Research and Treatment
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Age-related treatment
  • Breast cancer
  • Elderly cancer patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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