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Cancer. 1981 May 15;47(10):2358-63.

Survival following breast cancer surgery in the elderly.

Abstract

A retrospective analysis was performed on a series of 780 patients with breast cancer who underwent surgery, with emphasis on survival in the 138 patients over 70 years of age (elderly group). Absolute survival rates were determined using life table methods. Relative survival figures were derived from absolute figures by adjusting for expected longevity in each group. Patients over 70 years of age had overall 5 and 10 year absolute survival rates of 54% and 41%, respectively, which did not differ significantly from survival rates of younger patients. Relative five-year survival rates for the elderly were actually higher than those of younger patients, being 90% for those with local disease and 65% for those with regional disease. Survival in the elderly was comparable to that of younger patients, irrespective of race, type of surgery, histology or tumor size. These findings support the conclusion that there is little justification for avoiding conventional operative treatment in elderly patients with breast cancer solely on the basis of advanced age.

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