The complete survival experience of a single hospital in breast cancer, with complete survival curves, rather than just the percentage of five year cures, is presented here. In addition, a comparison is made between radically treated and untreated groups, as well as between groups classified according to age. We realize that a rigorous evaluation of the radical mastectomy operation from the standpoint of survival would require that patients be given or denied radical surgery at random. After a suitable period of time a comparison could be made. The next best approach is the analysis of past experience, which in this instance is based on data on 1,008 patients with histologically proved breast cancer. This group represents all patients with breast cancer (excluding sarcoma and carcinoma of the male breast) seen at the University of Rochester up to Jan. 1, 1953.
No patient with histologically proved breast cancer was excluded
Small RG, Dutton AM. SURVIVAL OF PATIENTS WITH CARCINOMA OF THE BREAST. JAMA. 1955;157(3):216–219. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950200014004
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