We synthesized the evidence of the association between patient and tumor characteristics with clinical outcomes in women with ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast. We identified five randomized controlled clinical trials and 64 observational studies that were published in English from January 1970 to January 2009. Younger women with clinically presented ductal carcinoma in situ had higher risk of ipsilateral recurrent cancer. African Americans had higher mortality and greater rates of advanced recurrent cancer. Women with larger tumor size, comedo necrosis, worse pathological grading, positive surgical margins, and at a higher risk category, using a composite prognostic index, had worse outcomes. Inconsistent evidence suggested that positive HER2 receptor and negative estrogen receptor status were associated with worse outcomes. Synthesis of evidence was hampered by low statistical power to detect significant differences in predictor categories and inconsistent adjustment practices across the studies. Future research should address composite prediction indices among race groups for all outcomes.
|Number of pages
|Journal of the National Cancer Institute - Monographs
|Published - Oct 2010