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March 1958

Radical Mastectomy for Carcinoma of the Breast During PregnancyReport of a Case with a Fifteen-Year Follow-Up

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Division of Surgery, the Roosevelt Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;76(3):469-471. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01280210139029

Over a period of years, there has been considerable variation in opinion concerning the advisability of surgical therapy for cancer of the breast occurring during pregnancy. Since the occurrence of breast cancer during pregnancy is uncommon, it seems desirable at this time to make available the report on a patient who, 15 years after a radical mastectomy was performed during pregnancy, is still alive and doing well. It is of interest to note that there has been only one other case reported in the literature with the same survival span.2

In 1937, Harrington6 reported a 13.2% survival for five years in a group of 99 women who had had an operation for carcinoma of the breast during pregnancy.

Haagensen and Stout4 published a report in 1943 in which they concluded that a radical mastectomy during pregnancy was unjustifiable in cases of carcinoma of the breast. By 1951,

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