The prognostic and therapeutic implications of the positive radionuclide bone scan in clinically early breast cancer
Mitral Valve Insufficiency
Seventy-five women with clinical stage I or stage II carcinoma of the breast have had radionuclide bone scans at the time of presentation and at 6-monthly intervals during a mean follow-up period of 39 months. Patients with evidence of metastases on bone scan, either at the time of presentation or during follow-up, had significantly higher mortality and morbidity rates than those with persistently negative scans. Whatever the clinical stage, breast cancer patients with a positive bone scan have a very poor short term prognosis and local therapy to the breast is inadequate. A plan is outlined which incorporates the patient's bone scan status into the decision to introduce endocrine therapy or chemotherapy.