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Very Late Relapse in Breast Cancer Survivors: a Report of 6 Cases

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Shapour Omidvari 1 , Seyed Hasan Hamedi 1 , Mohammad Mohammadianpanah 2 , Hamid Nasrolahi 1 , * , Ahmad Mosalaei 3 , Abdolrasoul Talei 4 , Niloofar Ahmadloo 1 , Mansour Ansar 5

1 Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Namazi Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Colorectal Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Shiraz Institute for Cancer Research, Namazi Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

4 Dept. of Surgery, Shahid Faghihi Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

5 Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Namazi Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences; Shiraz Institute for Cancer Research, Namazi Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

How to Cite: Omidvari S , Hamedi S H , Mohammadianpanah M , Nasrolahi H , Mosalaei A , et al. Very Late Relapse in Breast Cancer Survivors: a Report of 6 Cases, Int J Cancer Manag. 2013 ; 6(2):e81023.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

International Journal of Cancer Management: 6 (2); e81023
Published Online: June 30, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: October 09, 2012
Accepted: February 18, 2013

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Abstract

Background: Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among the women worldwide. The risk of local and distant recurrence is the highest during the first two years following the initial treatment. Very late relapse (after 12 years) is uncommon in breast cancer survivors.

Methods: Herein, we report the characteristics and outcomes of 6 such cases of breast cancer.

Results: The mean age of the patients was 40.1 years (range 30-57) and the mean disease free survival was 19.6 years.

Conclusion: Late relapse is not so common in breast cancer but can occur in any stage. Therefore, we suggest life-time follow up for every patient with breast cancer.

Keywords

Breast neoplasm Recurrence Survival

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