Factors affecting the decision of breast cancer patients to undergo contralateral prophylactic mastectomy

Min Yi, Kelly K. Hunt, Banu K. Arun, Isabelle Bedrosian, Angelica Gutierrez Barrera, Kim Anh Do, Henry M. Kuerer, Gildy V. Babiera, Elizabeth A. Mittendorf, Kaylene Ready, Jennifer Litton, Funda Meric-Bernstam

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Abstract

Increasing numbers of women with breast cancer are electing for contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) to reduce the risk of developing contralateral breast cancer. The objective of this study was to identify factors that may affect a patient's decision to undergo CPM. We identified 2,504 women with stage 0 to III unilateral primary breast cancer who underwent breast surgery at our institution from January 2000 to August 2006 from a prospectively maintained database. We did logistic regression analyses to determine which factors were associated with undergoing CPM. Of 2,504 breast cancer patients, 1,223 (48.8%) underwent total mastectomy. Of the 1,223 patients who underwent mastectomy, 284 (23.2%) underwent immediate or delayed CPM. There were 33 patients (1.3%) who had genetic testing before the surgery, with the use of testing increasing in the latter years of the study (0.1% in 2000-2002 versus 2.0% in 2003-2006; P < 0.0001). Multivariable analysis revealed several factors that were associated with a patient undergoing CPM: age younger than 50 years, white ethnicity, family history of breast cancer, BRCA1/2 mutation testing, invasive lobular histology, clinical stage, and use of reconstruction. We identified specific patient and tumor characteristics associated with the use of CPM. Although genetic testing is increasing, most women undergoing CPM did not have a known genetic predisposition to breast cancer. Evidence-driven models are needed to better inform women of their absolute risk of contralateral breast cancer as well as their competing risk of recurrence from the primary breast cancer to empower them in their active decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1026-1034
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Prevention Research
Volume3
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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