Omitting Post-lumpectomy RT Lowers Survival in Elderly
April 01, 2003
SAN ANTONIO-Elderly women are less likely to receive radiotherapy (RT) after breast-conserving surgery, an omission that has a negative impact on survival in this group, Pauline T. Truong, MD, said at the 25th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (abstract 29). The researchers, from the Breast Cancer Outcomes Unit, British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island, BC, examined the impact of omitting radiation therapy among 5,557 women, age 50 to 89, with T1-2, M0 invasive breast cancer who were treated with breast-conserving surgery between 1989 and 1998. The women were stratified by age (50 to 64, 65 to 74, and 75 to 89) and by type of treatment (postsurgery radiation or no radiation). Multivariate analysis took into account patient age, tumor factors, and treatment factors. The median follow-up was 6.4 years.