Oestrogen receptor status predicts local recurrence following breast conservation surgery for early breast cancer

R Yaghan, PD Stanton, KW Robertson, JJ Going, GD Murray, CS McArdle

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Aims: To evaluate factors predicting locoregional recurrence in patients treated for early breast carcinoma by breast conservation surgery with or without radiotherapy.

Methods: A retrospective study of 256 patients was carried out, with special emphasis on the role of oestrogen receptor status. Other parameters studied included age, menopausal status, size of primary tumour, tumour type, axillary nodal status and adjuvant therapy.

Results: Multivariate analysis showed the following parameters to be independent predictors of locoregional recurrence. Radiotherapy (57% reduction in hazard, P=0.004); expression of oestrogen receptors (52% reduction in hazard, P=0.008); tamoxifen therapy (46% reduction in hazard, P=0.023); tumour size (40% increase in hazard per cm, P

Conclusions: Within this study, lack of oestrogen receptor expression was a stong independent factor associated with a higher rate of locoregional recurrence. This may be of value in selecting a group of patients less suitable for breast conservation surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-426
Number of pages3
JournalEJSO - European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1998


  • breast neoplasm surgery
  • neoplasm recurrence
  • local surgery
  • receptors
  • oestrogen analysis
  • RISK

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