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Surg Gynecol Obstet. 1977 Jun;144(6):839-42.

Axillary micrometastasis and macrometastasis in carcinoma of the breast.


A retrospective analysis was made of 105 patients with primary operable carcinoma of the breast with positive axillary nodes who had been observed for a 14 year period after radical mastectomy. Patients with micrometastasis alone, especially if only level I is involved, have a good prognosis with 85 and 77 per cent survival rates at ten and 14 years, respectively. No patients had more than three micrometastasis. Patients with four or more positive nodes have a much worse prognosis than do those with three or less positive nodes. Macrometastasis at any level carries a poor prognosis. Since these data show no significant difference between the ten and 14 year survival rates, the ten year survival rate is, therefore, a valid one for long term evaluation of the treatment of carcinoma of the breast.

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