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E.J. Kantelhardt, P. Zerche, A. Mathewos, P. Trocchi, A. Addissie, A. Aynalem, T. Wondemagegnehu, T. Ersumo, A. Reeler, B. Yonas, M. Tinsae, T. Gemechu, A. Jemal, C. Thomssen, A. Stang and S. Bogale Breast cancer survival in Ethiopia: A cohort study of 1,070 women International Journal of Cancer 135

Article first published online: 10 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ijc.28691

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There is little information on breast cancer survival in Ethiopia and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa. This study is the first to report on outcome of a large cohort of sub-Saharan patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer receiving standardized therapy in the only oncologic referral center in Ethiopia. Based on 1,070 patients with a median follow-up of 23 months, the study found a distant metastasis-free survival (MFS) after 2 years of 74% - a rather favorable outcome considering the limited resources. The effect of potential determinants on MFS was estimated, with young age and advanced stage both associated with poor outcome.

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