The Surgical Treatment of Breast Cancer in the Elderly: A Single Institution Comparative Review of 5235 Patients with 1028 Patients ≥70 years
Article first published online: 9 SEP 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
The Breast Journal
Volume 18, Issue 5, pages 428–435, September/October 2012
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Kaur, P., Santillan, A. A., McGuire, K., Turaga, K. K., Shamehdi, C., Meade, T., Ramos, D., Mathias, M., Parbhoo, J., Davis, M., Khakpour, N., King, J., Balducci, L. and Cox, C. E. (2012), The Surgical Treatment of Breast Cancer in the Elderly: A Single Institution Comparative Review of 5235 Patients with 1028 Patients ≥70 years. The Breast Journal, 18: 428–435. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4741.2012.01272.x
- Issue published online: 9 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 9 SEP 2012
- breast cancer;
- surgical management
Abstract: As the wave of the baby boomers shifts the age demographic of patients, the current surgical management of breast cancer in elderly women (≥70 years of age) becomes relevant because deviation from standard treatment often occurs in this group. The purpose of this study was to determine the operative mortality when treated with standard surgical procedures and to investigate trends in the surgical management of breast cancer in the elderly. A total of 5,235 patients undergoing either mastectomy or breast conservation surgery (BCS) for invasive and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) were identified in a retrospective review of a prospectively accrued data base between the years of 1994 and 2007 at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Of the 5,235 patients, 1,028 (20%) patients were ≥70 years of age. The 30-day and 90-day mortality in the elderly group (age ≥70 years) was 0.2% (95% CI 0.02–0.7%) and 0.7% (95% CI 0.3–1.4%), respectively. The 30-day and 90-day mortality among patients <70 years was 0 and 0.05% (2 of 4,207 patients) (95% CI 0.005–0.2), respectively. BCS rates for invasive carcinomas were the highest for patients between 40 and 70 years of age, whereas the mastectomy rates were higher among patients <40 years of age (53%). Elderly women were as likely as women <40 years to have BCS for invasive carcinoma (OR 1.1, 95% CI 0.8–1.5), but more likely to have BCS for DCIS (OR 1.9, 95% CI 1.1–3.3). Surgical mortality in elderly women treated for breast cancer was extremely low and was related to the extent of surgery performed. Breast cancer treatment differed by age groups.