Low Lifetime Risk of Contralateral Breast Cancer in a Middle-Income Asian Country: Evidence to Guide Post-treatment Surveillance

See, Mee Hoong and Bhoo-Pathy, Nirmala and Jamaris, Suniza and Kiran, A. and Evans, Dafydd Gareth and Yip, Cheng Har and Mohd Taib, Nur Aishah (2018) Low Lifetime Risk of Contralateral Breast Cancer in a Middle-Income Asian Country: Evidence to Guide Post-treatment Surveillance. World Journal of Surgery, 42 (5). pp. 1270-1277. ISSN 0364-2313, DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s00268-017-4319-6.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00268-017-4319-6


Background: The rate of contralateral risk-reducing mastectomy (CRRM) is increasing in the West with controversial evidence of improved survival in early breast cancer patients. Although uptake of CRRM in Asia appears low, the trends may rise, and there is currently an urgent need to provide evidence for informed decision-making in clinical practice. This study aims to determine the risk of contralateral breast cancer (CBC) and its associated factors in an Asian setting. Method: A total of 2937 newly diagnosed patients with stage I and stage II breast cancer in University Malaya Medical Centre between Jan 1993 to Dec 2012 were included in the study. Multinomial logistic regression analysis allowing death to compete with CBC as a study outcome was used; patients with unilateral breast cancer who were alive were taken as reference. A stepwise backward regression analysis including age at diagnosis, ethnicity, family history of breast cancer, TNM stage, hormonal receptor status, HER2 status, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormone therapy was conducted. Results: Fifty women developed CBC, over a median follow-up of 6 years. The 5- and 10-year cumulative risk of contralateral breast cancer was 1.0% (95% CI 0.6–1.4%) and 2.8% (95% CI 2.0–3.6%), respectively. Young age at diagnosis of first cancer, positive family history, and stage I disease were independent predictors of CBC. Discussion: The current study suggests that the risk of CBC is very low in a Southeast Asian setting. Any recommendations or practice of CRRM should be reviewed with caution and patients must be counseled appropriately.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Education Malaysia (High Impact Research Grant [UM.C/HIR/MOHE/06])
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adult; Age Factors; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Breast Neoplasms; Female; Follow-Up Studies; Genetic Predisposition to Disease; Humans; Malaysia; Mastectomy; Middle Aged; Neoplasms, Second Primary; Risk Assessment; Young Adult
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 04:51
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 04:51
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/20754

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