Authors: Besznyák I, Svastics E
Title: An analysis of breast cancer in Hungary: experience of the National Institute of Oncology, Budapest.
Journal: Surg Today 26(5):362-7
Abstract: Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women throughout the world (18%), with a yearly morbidity that is already over half a million. Its incidence in Hungary is increasing in each age group, and the mortality is strikingly high. This study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of breast-conserving surgery in comparison to more radical surgery on a large group of patients. During the 15 years between 1980 and 1994, a total of 6,358 patients with primary breast cancer underwent surgery at the National Institute of Oncology in Budapest, Hungary, as breast-conserving surgery in 2,026 patients (31.8%). Breast-conserving surgery is being performed in an ever-increasing number of patients, followed by adjuvant radiochemotherapy in premenopausal patients, or radiohormone therapy in menopausal patients. During follow-up, recurrence was found in only 5.9% of the patients who underwent breast-conserving treatment. Thus, according to our experience, breast conservation therapy for the management of breast cancer offers favourable results, provided that the preconditions to this treatment are adequately met.
Last Updated: 02 Mar 2015