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Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia

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NAHAS, Eliana Aguiar Petri et al. Influence of previous hormonal therapy on breast cancer prognostic markers in postmenopausal women. Rev. Bras. Ginecol. Obstet. [online]. 2005, vol.27, n.3, pp.112-117. ISSN 1806-9339.

PURPOSE: to evaluate the influence of previous hormonal therapy (HT) on breast cancer prognostic markers in postmenopausal women. Methods: a cross-sectional study was carried out, applying questionnaires and medical record surveys of 157 postmenopausal patients with breast cancer diagnosis. Clinical data, personal and familiar history, HT use, and mammograms were investigated. The medical record surveys yielded information about tumor size, imunohistochemical data, and type of surgery. Statistical analysis was performed using ANOVA and the c2 test. RESULTS: 38.2% of the patients were HT ex-users and 61.8% were non-users. Mean time of HT use was 3.7±3.6 years. HT ex-users were younger and with a shorter menopause time than non-users (p<0.05). 26.8% of the patients reported previous cases of breast cancer in their families, with no difference between the groups. Of the HT ex-users, 43.3% had previous mammograms, while of the non-users, only 11.3% (p<0.001). Mean tumor size was smaller in HT ex-users (2.3±1.1 cm) than in non-users (3.3±1.5cm) (p<0.001). The conservative surgeries (quadrantectomies) were predominant in HT ex-users (60%) when compared to non-users (32%) (p<0.001). The immunohistochemical study showed, a positive correlation between the presence of positive estrogen and progesterone receptors and the HT use (p<0.001). There was no correlation between HT and c-erbB-2 and p53. CONCLUSION: postmenopausal women who used hormonal therapy previously to breast cancer diagnosis presented indication of a better prognosis when compared to non-users.

Keywords : Menopause; Hormone therapy; Breast neoplasms.

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