A comparison between flow cytometric assessment of S-phase fraction and Nottingham histologic grade as prognostic instruments in breast cancer
2000 (English)In: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, ISSN 0167-6806, E-ISSN 1573-7217, Vol. 63, no 1, 11-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Flow cytometric DNA analysis with assessment of S-phase fraction and DNA ploidy was compared to Nottingham histologic grade. The study population consisted of 654 patients who presented between 1987 and 1996 with primary operable breast cancer and whose tumours had been analysed for S-phase fraction and DNA ploidy at the time of surgery. Grade, tumour size, node status, steroid receptor status, age, S-phase fraction and DNA ploidy were analysed univariately and multi-variately in a Cox proportional hazard analysis. In the univariate analyses all parameters were statistically significantly associated with breast cancer mortality during the follow-up period of 2–11 years. The most powerful predictor of death from breast cancer in the multiple regression analysis was grade. Patients with grade 1 tumours have excellent prognosis. We conclude that tumour grade is a strong prognostic indicator applicable to all breast cancer patients, regardless of size and nodal status, and advocate its general use.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 63, no 1, 11-15 p.
breast cancer, prognosis, Nottingham histologic grade, S-phase fraction
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25288DOI: 10.1023/A:1006494625644Local ID: 9728OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-25288DiVA: diva2:245616