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Prognostic significance of axillary nodal status in primary breast cancer in relation to the number of resected nodes. Stockholm Breast Cancer Study Group

Wilking, N.; Rutqvist, L.E.; Carstensen, J.; Mattsson, A.; Skoog, L.

Acta Oncologica 31(1): 29-35


ISSN/ISBN: 0284-186X
PMID: 1586501
DOI: 10.3109/02841869209088261
Accession: 041088757

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The prognostic significance of the number of metastatic axillary lymph nodes in relation to the number of identified nodes among 1,622 patients with operable breast cancer was assessed. We present a Cox's analysis of the prognostic significance of nodal status in relation to loco-regional recurrence, axillary recurrence, distant metastasis and death due to breast cancer respectively. As expected, the relative risks were generally higher for patients with nodal involvement, particularly those with 4 or more positive nodes or with few examined nodes. However, among those with more than 4 positive nodes the risk of distant metastases and death due to breast cancer was about the same irrespective of the number of nodes examined.

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