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Tumor location of the central and nipple portion is associated with impaired survival for women with breast cancer

Authors Ji F, Xiao W, Yang C, Yang M, Zhang L, Gao HF, Lin Y, Zhu T, Cheng M, Li W, Pan W, Zhuang X, Wang K

Received 2 September 2018

Accepted for publication 10 January 2019

Published 9 April 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 2915—2925


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Nakshatri

Fei Ji,1,* Wei-Kai Xiao,2,* Ci-Qiu Yang,1,* Mei Yang,1 Liu-Lu Zhang,1 Hong-Fei Gao,1 Yu-Feng Lin,1 Teng Zhu,1 Min-Yi Cheng,1 Wei-Ping Li,1 Wei-Jun Pan,1 Xiao-Sheng Zhuang,1 Kun Wang1

1Department of Breast Cancer, Cancer Center, Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou 510080, P. R. China; 2Department of Breast Oncology, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Medicine, Guangzhou 510060, P.R. China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background: Tumor location in the breast varies, with the highest frequency in the upper outer quadrant and lowest frequency in the lower inner quadrant. Nevertheless, tumors in the central and nipple portion (TCNP) are poorly studied types of breast cancer; therefore, we aimed to clarify the clinicopathological characteristics and prognostic features of TCNP.
Methods: Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database, we identifed 105,037 patients diagnosed with tumor in the breast peripheral quadrant (TBPQ) (n=97,046) or TCNP (n=7,991). The chi-squared test was used to compare categorical variables across TCNP and TBPQ. Cox proportional hazard models with hazard ratios were applied to estimate the factors associated with prognosis.
Results:The median follow-up was over 43 months. Compared with TBPQ, TCNP patients were signifcantly older (age ≥66 years: 40.4% vs 34.1%, P<0.001), with larger tumor sizes (>20 mm size: 46.9% vs 37.3%, P<0.001), higher proportions of TNM stage II–III (18.6% vs 9.9%, P<0.001), and more mastectomies (58.1% vs 37.8%, P<0.001). The breast cancer-specifc survival (BCSS)/overall survival (OS) rate was signifcantly worse for TCNP than for TBPQ. Multivariate Cox analysis showed a higher hazard ratios for TCNP over TBPQ (BCSS: hazard ratios =1.160, P=0.005, 95% CI: 1.046–1.287; OS: hazard ratios =1.301, P<0.001, 95% CI: 1.211–1.398). A subgroup analysis revealed inferior outcomes for TCNP in TNM stage II–III and breast subtype subgroup. Multivariate logistic regression indicated that TCNP was an independent contributing factor to LN metastasis.
Conclusions: TCNP was associated with older age, larger tumor size, higher TNM stage, and lymph node metastasis. Compared with TBPQ, TCNP had adverse impacts on BCSS and OS.

Keywords: tumor in the central and nipple portion, tumor in the breast peripheral quadrant, prognosis, lymph node metastasis

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