Sequence of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in breast cancer after breast-conserving surgery

J.J. Jobsen, Jacobus Adrianus Maria van der Palen, M.J.S. Brinkhuis, F. Ong, H. Struikmans

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Purpose The optimal sequence of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in breast-conserving therapy is unknown. Methods and Materials From 1983 through 2007, a total of 641 patients with 653 instances of breast-conserving therapy (BCT), received both chemotherapy and radiotherapy and are the basis of this analysis. Patients were divided into three groups. Groups A and B comprised patients treated before 2005, Group A radiotherapy first and Group B chemotherapy first. Group C consisted of patients treated from 2005 onward, when we had a fixed sequence of radiotherapy first, followed by chemotherapy. Results Local control did not show any differences among the three groups. For distant metastasis, no difference was shown between Groups A and B. Group C, when compared with Group A, showed, on univariate and multivariate analyses, a significantly better distant metastasis–free survival. The same was noted for disease-free survival. With respect to disease-specific survival, no differences were shown on multivariate analysis among the three groups. Conclusion Radiotherapy, as an integral part of the primary treatment of BCT, should be administered first, followed by adjuvant chemotherapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-817
JournalInternational journal of radiation oncology biology physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2012


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  • METIS-291626

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