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Saudi Med J. 2009 Aug;30(8):1060-2.

Male breast cancer in Tripoli, Libya.

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  • 1Oncology Department, Department of Medicine, Tripoli Medical Center, Tripoli, Libya. manal_elhabbsh@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the epidemiology, characteristics, and survival of male breast cancer patients.

METHODS:

This non-randomized retrospective study includes male patients with breast cancer confirmed by biopsy. A total of 1568 breast cancer patients were registered in the Oncology Department, Tripoli Medical Center, Tripoli, Libya between January 1990 to June 2008. Twenty-two patients were male (1.4%).

RESULTS:

The mean age of male breast cancer patients was 61 years. They tend to have advanced local disease, as 65% of them were tumor (T)3 and T4, and 93.3% have positive lymph nodes. The preferred surgical treatment was mastectomy and axillary clearance in 65%, and 85% had invasive duct carcinoma. Regarding hormone receptor status, 70% were estrogen and progesterone positive. A total of 71% received chemotherapy as anthracycline based. During follow up, the overall recurrence rate was 47%. The bone was the most common site of relapse (37.5%). Overall survival rate was 82.4% at first, 76.5% at second, and 57% at fifth year. Two patients were brothers, and one of them developed multiple myeloma during follow up.

CONCLUSION:

In comparison to female patients with breast cancer, male patients are older, and have more advanced and more hormone positive disease.

PMID:
19668888
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