Breast Cancer in Women Aged 80 Years or Older: An Analysis of Treatment Patterns and Disease Outcomes

Erin Ferrigni, Carmen Bergom, Ziyan Yin, Aniko Szabo, Amanda L. Kong

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalClinical breast cancer
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Elderly
  • Surgery
  • Survival
  • Treatment

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