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Overall Survival and Local Recurrence Among Breast Cancer Patients in Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail Batu Pahat, 2007-2013

A new interesting article has been published in Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2018 Sep 26;19(9):2409-2415. and titled:

Overall Survival and Local Recurrence Among Breast Cancer Patients in Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail Batu Pahat, 2007-2013

Authors of this article are:
Balasundram S Salekan K Ahmad Shariffuddin FN Taib NA Adnan TH.

A summary of the article is shown below:
OBJECTIVE: To gauge surgical outcome in breast cancer patients with particular reference to overall survival and recurrence free survival among breast cancer patients in Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia.METHODS: Patients undergoing ablative breast cancer surgery were identified and clinical records were assessed. Inclusion criteria for enrolment were stage I-IV breast malignancy necessitating resection with or without radiotherapy/ chemotherapy from 2007 to 2013. All individuals had a pre-operative assessment. The post operative assessment period ranged from 1 year to 5 years. Survival distributions were analyzed using Kaplan-Meier curves.RESULTS: A total of 121 patients were included in this study, with an age range of 28-78 years. Some 98% had undergone local excision/ lumpectomy/ mastectomy with axillary clearance. While 81% of patients underwent chemotherapy, only 69% had radiotherapy. Tumours were oestrogen receptor positive in 58% of cases and progesterone receptor positive in 62%. Local recurrence was detected in 10%. The mean age at diagnosis was 51.3 + 10.4 years. The overall survival analysis was based on 22 deaths among the 121 patients (18.2%). Three-year and five-year survival rates were 87.6% and 78.4%, respectively. Analysis of recurrence-free-survival (RFS) was based on 12 events among 121 patients. The Kaplan-Meier RFS analysis revealed that in 90% of the patients with recurrence, it occurred within 45 months. The five year RFS rate was 84.5%. The median time taken from diagnosis to ablative surgery was 51 days (upper limit of 791 days). Only distant metastasis was a significant factor that impacted on both overall survival and recurrence-free survival (p<0.001).CONCLUSION: Overall survival among our breast cancer patients in our facility is comparable to other in other tertiary centres in the country. A trend for earlier detection was noted.
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