Increased incidence of loco-regional recurrences among African American women with terminal stage breast cancer

Gerardo Colón-Otero, Sherry King, Vandelyn Smith, Carolyn Bieber, Julia Crook, Lawrence A. Solberg, Robert Shannon, Edith A. Perez

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A prospective analysis of women with terminal breast cancer admitted to CHNE from November 2006–August 2007 evaluated anecdotal observations that African American (AA) women are likelier than Caucasian women to evidence loco-regional recurrences (LRR). Women with terminal breast cancer who were admitted to CHNE, a not-for-profit hospice serving over 90% of Northeast Florida hospice patients, were eligible for participation. 134 terminal breast cancer patients were assessed by hospice nurses for LRR presence via chest wall examination. 80% of them (107) were Caucasian, 17% (23) were AA and 3% (4) were of other ethnicities. Evidence of LRR were noted in 13% of the women (17/134). The proportion of patients with LRR was higher in AA women than Caucasian women (26% vs. 10%, 6/23 vs. 11/107, respectively), although this difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.08). The majority of Caucasian women with LRR consented to a medical record review, but a minority of AA women consented (8/11 vs. 2/6, respectively, p = 0.16).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-550
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Medicine: Oncology
StatePublished - Nov 3 2008



  • African American women
  • Breast cancer
  • LRR
  • Loco-regional recurrences
  • Oncology
  • Terminal breast cancer
  • Terminal stage breast cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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