The effect of age in the outcome and treatment of older women with ductal carcinoma in situ Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Carcinoma, Intraductal, Noninfiltrating
  • Mastectomy, Segmental


  • The effect of increasing age on outcomes and type of treatment given to older women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) was assessed. 646 women ≥60 years old (654 cases) receiving surgery for DCIS at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center between 2000 and 2007 (8 bilateral) had wide local excision (WLE; 37%), WLE plus radiotherapy (WLE+RT; 41%), or mastectomy (22%). 45%, 38%, and 16% of patients 60-69 years, 70-79 years, and ≥80 years, respectively, received WLE+RT (P<0.001) and 25%, 20%, and 13%, received mastectomy, respectively (P<0.001). Age (P<0.001), grade (P<0.001), and necrosis (P<0.01) were highly associated with treatment. Four-year local recurrence was 3.6%. Overall local recurrence differed by treatment (mastectomy, 0%; WLE, 5%; WLE+RT, 4%; P<0.00001) but not age. It is possible to identify older women with DCIS in whom the risk of recurrence is acceptably low after WLE alone. WLE alone may be a viable treatment option for select older women with DCIS.

publication date

  • February 2011



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.breast.2010.07.005

PubMed ID

  • 20739181

Additional Document Info

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  • 71

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