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J Korean Soc Ther Radiol > Volume 10(1); 1992 > Article
Journal of the Korean Society for Therapeutic Radiology 1992;10(1): 43-48.
Results of Postoperative Radiotherapy for Breast Carcinoma
Ju Ree Kim, Kwang Mo Yang, Hyun Suk Suh
Department of Radiation, Oncology, College of Medicine, Inje University Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
Between December 1983 and December 1989, twenty-five breast carcinoma patients were treated with surgical resection and postoperative radiotherapy at Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital. Twenty-three of 25 were evaluable and there were 7 patients with stageII, 14 patients with stageIII, and 2 patients with stageIV. Twenty-one patients were treated with modified radical mastectomy and the remained 2 patients with simple mastectomy. The follow-up period ranged from 2 to 8 years. The local control rate was 83c13 for the entire group. The local control rates for each stage were 100%(6/6) for stage II, 73%(l1/15) for stageIII, and 100%(2/2) for stageIV. The number of metastatic axillary nodes was a good predictor of locoregional cotrol. It was 100% for the patients with 0-3 metastatic nodes and 72% for more than 4 nodes, respectively. The 5-year overall survival rate for the entire group was 59%, and the disease-free survival rate was 32%. The 5-year survival rates for each stageII,III and IV was 83%, 59% and 50%, respectively. The distant metastasis occurred in 10 out of 23 patients and the most common site was bone. The results indicate that postoperative radiotherapy continues to play an important role in the primary mangement of the high-risk breast cancer patients.
Key Words: Breast cancer, Postoperative radiotherapy
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