European Journal of Breast Health
Original Article

Breast Cancer in Patients 80 Years-Old and Older


St. George University School of Medicine, Grenada


Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada


Algoma District Cancer Program, Sault Area Hospital, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada


Section of Internal Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Eur J Breast Health 2020; 16: 208-212
DOI: 10.5152/ejbh.2020.5659
Read: 431 Downloads: 298 Published: 24 June 2020

Objective: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and one in ten patients affected are over age 80. However, this age group is mostly excluded from clinical trials and data to inform their care is sparse.

Materials and Methods: Medical records of all patients aged 80 years-old and older diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in a single center over a six-year period were retrospectively reviewed. A cohort of patients aged 65 to 75 treated for breast cancer at the same center during the same period was also reviewed for comparison.

Results: Patients in the 80 and over age group were commonly diagnosed with stage II or III disease (39.2%) compared to younger patients who were diagnosed more commonly (61.6%) with stage I disease. Sub-types of breast cancer had a similar representation in the two groups. Hormonal therapy was used equally in the two groups, but significantly fewer patients in the 80 and over age group had radiation therapy and chemotherapy as part of their treatment. Despite these differences, recurrence rates were not significantly different between the two groups.

Conclusion: Individualized treatments taking into consideration the patient’s general status, comorbidities and life expectancy are feasible in the older breast cancer population and result in outcomes similar to those of younger patients in the short and intermediate terms.

Cite this articles as: Bertolo A, Rosso C, Voutsadakis IA. Breast Cancer in Patients 80 Years-Old and Older. Eur J Breast Health 2020; 16(3): 208-212.

EISSN 2587-0831