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Clinical features and prognosis of tubular breast cancer
© Izquierdo Sanz et al. 2011
Published: 16 November 2011
The aim was to compare the clinical features and prognosis of tubular breast cancer with the rest of breast cancer grade I.
We analysed all tubular breast cancer studied by the Breast Diseases Committee during the period 1990 to 2009, comparing the clinical features and prognosis of tubular breast cancer with the rest of breast cancer grade I. Disease-free survival was analysed with Kaplan-Meier curves.
We studied 170 cases, 41 (24.1%) tubular breast cancer and 129 (75.9%) the rest of breast cancer grade I. There were no differences in the average age of patients with tubular breast cancer and breast cancer grade I (51.9 vs. 52.7), family history, parity, fertility treatment, nulliparous, menopausal status, tumour size, and hormonal receptors. HER2 receptors are more frequent in breast cancer grade I. Two cases of tubular breast cancer (4.8%) less than 15 mm had nodal involvement. In tubular carcinomas, disease-free survival at 5 years was 97% and was 93% at 10 years. In the rest of grade I carcinomas, disease-free survival at 5 years was 95% and was 89% at 10 years.
Tubular breast cancer has an excellent prognosis and survival, but is a necessary axillary node study in all cases.