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Br J Surg. 1987 Nov;74(11):1009-13.

Prognostic significance of oestrogen and progestogen receptor activities in breast cancer.

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University Department of Clinical Surgery, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK.


The prognostic significance of the tumour activities of 2 steroid receptors, those for oestrogen (ER) and for progestogen (PgR), has been studied in 372 patients with breast cancer, in whom follow-up was available for 2-6 years (median 41 months). Of 252 patients with operable disease, 75.8 per cent had ER-positive tumours and 46.4 per cent had PgR-positive tumours, though a small additional fraction (6.3 per cent) had an equivocal PgR assay result. For the 236 patients with unequivocal receptor status, the relationships between disease-free interval or overall survival and receptor activity and other factors were evaluated by univariate and multivariate analyses. The latter revealed that only tumour size, node status, menstrual status and ER status related significantly to both disease-free interval and survival, though adjuvant therapy also related to disease-free interval, and tumour grade related to survival. It is concluded that measurements of PgR activity do not add to the prognostic significance of ER status.

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