Factors influencing options in primary breast cancer treatment

W. H. Wolberg, M. A. Tanner, E. P. Romsaas, D. L. Trump, J. F. Malec

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Abstract

Primary breast cancer treatment is determined by tumor factors and by patient preference. Breast cancer treatments that preserve the cosmetic appearance of the breast are appealing and effective for appropriately selected patients; long-term survival following tumor excision and breast irradiation appears to be comparable to that for mastectomy. Since April 1981, when a protocol was developed and treatment options were offered, factors influencing treatment selection have been analyzed in 206 consecutive primary breast cancer patients. Mastectomy was dictated by tumor-related factors in 96 patients (47%); 110 patients (53%) had the option of mastectomy or conservation - tumor excision plus radiotherapy to the breast. Among these 110 eligible patients, 54 chose conservation (49%) and 56 chose mastectomy (51%). Intraoperative findings per ten patients electing conservation necessitated mastectomy, so conservation was accomplished for 44 (21%) of those treated for breast cancer. Beginning in July 1982, breast cancer patients took a battery of psychosexual assessments before any operation (Profile of Mood States [POMS], Health Locus of Control Scale [HLCS] Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test [MAT], Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness Scale [PAIS], Derogatis Sexual Function Inventory [DSFI], Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory [MCMI], and a Breast Cancer Information Test [BCIT]). Comparisons of psychologic and demographic variables were made between patients who chose mastectomy and those who chose conservation. No demographic variable was statistically significantly related to choice, although older women tended to select mastectomy more than younger women. Compared with those who elected conservation, women who elected mastectomy were more tense and anxious (P <.01), more introverted (P <.01), felt more depressed and dejected (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-74
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Volume5
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Mastectomy
Breast Neoplasms
Social Adjustment
Therapeutics
Breast
Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory
Demography
Neoplasms
Internal-External Control
Patient Preference
Cosmetics
Radiotherapy
Equipment and Supplies
Survival
Health

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  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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Wolberg, W. H., Tanner, M. A., Romsaas, E. P., Trump, D. L., & Malec, J. F. (1987). Factors influencing options in primary breast cancer treatment. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 5(1), 68-74.

Factors influencing options in primary breast cancer treatment. / Wolberg, W. H.; Tanner, M. A.; Romsaas, E. P.; Trump, D. L.; Malec, J. F.

In: Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1987, p. 68-74.

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Wolberg, WH, Tanner, MA, Romsaas, EP, Trump, DL & Malec, JF 1987, 'Factors influencing options in primary breast cancer treatment', Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 68-74.
Wolberg WH, Tanner MA, Romsaas EP, Trump DL, Malec JF. Factors influencing options in primary breast cancer treatment. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 1987;5(1):68-74.
Wolberg, W. H. ; Tanner, M. A. ; Romsaas, E. P. ; Trump, D. L. ; Malec, J. F. / Factors influencing options in primary breast cancer treatment. In: Journal of Clinical Oncology. 1987 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 68-74.
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