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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Axillary dissection may cause substantial morbidity in breast cancer patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the value of a registration method of morbidity of the arm and shoulder, which is frequently used by surgeons and which includes the measurement of range of movement, strength, and pain. METHODS We surveyed(More)
In this study, changes in prognosis for more than 8,000 patients with primary distant metastatic breast cancer were analyzed, using nation-wide data of the Netherlands Cancer Registry. Besides the roll of systemic treatment, the effect of surgery of the primary tumor was evaluated. Between 1995 and 2008, 160,595 new patients were diagnosed with invasive(More)
To compare the effectiveness of breast-conserving therapy (BCT) and mastectomy, all women aged ≤40 years, treated for early-stage breast cancer in the southern part of the Netherlands between 1988 and 2005, were identified. A total of 562 patients underwent mastectomy and 889 patients received BCT. During follow-up, 23 patients treated with mastectomy and(More)
Some of the patients who present with breast cancer already have distant metastatic disease. According to recent literature, these patients may benefit from resection of the breast tumour. One explanation for the effect of this resection is that reducing the tumour load influences metastatic growth. Results of future randomised controlled trials should(More)
INTRODUCTION In most breast screening programmes screen-film mammography (SFM) has been replaced by full-field digital mammography (FFDM). We compared interval cancer characteristics at SFM and FFDM screening mammography. PATIENTS AND METHODS We included all 297 screen-detected and 104 interval cancers in 60,770 SFM examinations and 427 screen-detected(More)
Introduction. Colonic cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed malignancies and most often occurs in patients aged 65 years or older. Aim. To evaluate the outcome of colonic surgery in the elderly in our hospital and to compare five-year survival rates between the younger and elderly patients. Methods. 207 consecutive patients underwent surgery for(More)
The aim of our study was to compare the loco-regional recurrence (LRR) rates after breast-conserving surgery and mastectomy between the time periods of 1985-1992 and 1993-1999. The first period reflects the early experiences with breast conservation. The second period covers the years when a mammographical screening programme was introduced for women 50-69(More)
A population-based study was performed to compare the characteristics of clinically detected breast cancers and cancers detected by the Dutch screening program. To determine whether differences are most likely to be explained by earlier diagnosis or by the detection of biologically different cancers in the screening program, comparisons were stratified(More)
PURPOSE To determine the relationship between pre-diagnosis state anxiety, depressive symptoms, and combined state anxiety and depressive symptoms (CADS) with quality of life (QOL), fatigue, state anxiety and depressive symptoms one and two years after surgery in women with breast cancer. METHODS Women with breast problems referred to a Dutch outpatient(More)
According to current treatment standards, patients with metastatic breast cancer at diagnosis receive palliative therapy. Local treatment of the breast is only recommended if the primary tumor is symptomatic. Recent studies suggest that surgical removal of the primary tumor has a favorable impact on the prognosis of patients with primary metastatic breast(More)