Chest wall resection for breast cancer: 21st century Mayo clinic experience

Diane M. Durgan, Gabriel De La Cruz Ku, Mathew Thomas, Barbara A. Pockaj, Sarah A McLaughlin, William J. Casey, Aparna Vijayasekaran, Dennis Wigle, John C. Cheville, Jennifer Tonneson, Tanya L. Hoskin, James W. Jakub

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Background: We hypothesized full-thickness chest wall resection (FTCWR) with advanced surgical techniques and modern systemic therapy is safe, provides local control, and good overall survival. Methods: Retrospective review of FTCWR (including rib or part of sternum) for breast cancer between 2000 and 2020. Primary endpoints included 90-day morbidities and all-cause mortality. Secondary endpoints were loco-regional and distant recurrence, DFS and overall survival (OS). Results: A total of 35 patients met the criteria. 34 FTCWR were for recurrence and the median time to chest wall recurrence was 6 years. Tumor subtype was triple-negative in 51% and the remainder HR+ Her2−. 58% were palliative resections. FTCWR included rib(s) in 89% and portion of sternum in 57%; 94% required reconstruction and 80% were R0 resections. There were no 90-day mortalities. Overall morbidity was 10/35(28%). 17(49%) patients received neoadjuvant systemic therapy for their recurrence and three received neoadjuvant radiation. Adjuvant treatment included chemotherapy (8), endocrine therapy (3), and both (8). Ten patients (28%) received adjuvant radiation. The Median follow-up was 31 months and there were 6 (17%) loco-regional and 7 (20%) distant recurrences. OS was 86% and 67% at 1 and 3 years, respectively. Conclusion: FTCWR was associated with low morbidity, mortality, recurrence rates, and good OS. Selective FTCWR is safe and has acceptable short-term survival rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • curative
  • locally advanced
  • morbidity
  • palliative
  • survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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