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Breast Cancer

  • Luis Chu
  • Eric P. Winer

Abstract

Breast cancer is a common disease afflicting women in North America. The risk of developing breast cancer increases dramatically with age; women 65 years of age and older represent about 14% of the female population, but account for 43% of newly diagnosed breast cancers in the United States.1 Breast cancer in the elderly is commonly thought to be a more indolent disease, but relative survival in older women (65 years of age or older) diagnosed with breast cancer is lower than in younger women.1–3 Despite the predominance of older women with breast cancer, relatively little attention has been focused on treatment of patients in this age group. Most randomized studies have included few women over 65 years of age. Extrapolation of these results to the geriatric population may not be valid because of differences in tumor biology, host physiology, and problems common to older patients such as comorbidity, impaired functional status, and lack of social support.

Keywords

Breast Cancer Breast Cancer Risk Metastatic Breast Cancer Axillary Lymph Node Dissection Breast Irradiation 
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