Breast Cancer Treatment

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In 2010, 65.2% of women diagnosed with node positive breast cancer, received multi-agent chemotherapy.

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Introduction

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). Women with breast cancer have many treatment options, including surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. A woman diagnosed with breast cancer may receive more than one type of treatment.

The proportion of women with node-positive disease (cancer in the lymph nodes near the tumor) receiving guideline treatment is high. Clinical trials have demonstrated that women with early stage breast cancer who receive breast-conserving surgery (BCS) with radiation have a survival rate similar to those of women who undergo a mastectomy. Additionally, older women are less likely to receive chemotherapy than younger women, but there are no major differences in treatment among major racial and ethnic groups.

Breast cancer also develops in men, but it is rare.

Measure

Percentage of women aged 20 and older, diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (less than stage IIIA), receiving breast-conserving surgery and radiation treatment.

Percentage of women aged 20 and older, diagnosed with node-positive, stage I–IIIA breast cancer, receiving multi-agent chemotherapy.

Healthy People 2020 Target

  • There are no Healthy People 2020 targets for cancer treatment, including breast cancer treatment and multi-agent chemotherapy.

Healthy People 2020 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Data Source

Breast-conserving surgery and radiation treatment estimates: SEER 13 Registries, National Cancer Institute, 1992–2011.

Multi-agent chemotherapy estimates: SEER Patterns of Care/Quality of Care Studies, National Cancer Institute, 1987-2010.

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Treatment Distribution

Treatment distribution for invasive female breast cancer patients aged 20 years and older with AJCC stage less than IIIA, 1992-2013
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Percent of patients Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Treatment distribution for invasive female breast cancer patients aged 20 years and older with AJCC stage less than IIIA, 1992-2013 MastectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Mastectomy 38.0 (37.7 - 38.2)
BCS with radiationClick to see the detailed trend graph for BCS with radiation 44.6 (44.3 - 44.9)
BCS without radiationClick to see the detailed trend graph for BCS without radiation 17.4 (17.2 - 17.6)

Chemotherapy

Percentage of node positive female breast cancer patients receiving multiagent chemotherapy treatment by age at diagnosis, 1987-2010
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Percent of patients Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of node positive female breast cancer patients receiving multiagent chemotherapy treatment by age at diagnosis, 1987-2010 Ages 20+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 20+ 65.2 (57.7 - 72.7)
Ages 20-64Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 20-64 79.6 (72.0 - 87.2)
Ages 65+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 65+ 44.9 (29.4 - 60.5)

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Statistics

Year Range

1987-2010

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2010-2

Summary Tables

Bladder, Breast, Colorectal

Recent Summary Trend

Stable

Desired Direction

Rising