Survival of breast-cancer patients with previous or subsequent neoplasms

Can J Surg. 1992 Oct;35(5):481-4.


The authors reviewed retrospectively 1510 patients with breast cancer operated on between 1960 and 1980. They compared 1353 patients who had an isolated breast cancer (group 1) with 157 patients who also had breast cancer but had other cancers either previously or subsequently (group 2). The mean age of patients in group 2 was 2 years more than that of patients in group 1. Group 2 patients had fewer T3 tumours, more T1 tumours (TNM classification), a lower incidence of lymph-node involvement and clinically less advanced tumours than group 1 patients. Hormonal status, histologic type of tumour and surgical and adjuvant treatment were identical in both groups. The 10-year survival rate (considering death from breast cancer) was 54.6% in group 1 versus 78.1% in group 2. The overall survival rate (considering death from breast cancer or from the other cancer) was 54.1% in group 1 versus 64.5% in group 2. Survival was also better in group 2 for each clinical stage. The authors conclude that patients who have another cancer before or after the development of their breast cancer have a better survival rate than those who have isolated breast cancer with no previous or subsequent neoplasms.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms, Multiple Primary*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Rate