Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 25, Supplement 3, pp 697–698 | Cite as

ASO Author Reflections: Eighty is the New Sixty—Breast Cancer Treatment Strategies in the Octogenarian Patient Population

  • Ranjna SharmaEmail author
ASO Author Reflections


As the population ages and life expectancy increases, many women are living longer, healthier lives.1 Breast cancer diagnoses are also on the rise in older populations given this longevity.2 It has been estimated that 12% of the population will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes, with women aged 65 years and over at greatest risk as increasing age is a known risk factor for the development of breast cancer. Historically, octogenarians have not been included in research studies examining oncologic therapy efficacy in robust numbers. Thus, it is challenging to know what therapies may be effective and necessary to treat breast cancer in this patient population.2,3


Our group studied this patient population and their treatment patterns at our institution over a 10-year period in a retrospective fashion.4,5Our study cohort included 187 octogenarian patients compared with a younger cohort of 169 patients, examining clinicopathologic tumor characteristics...



Ranjna Sharma has no conflicts of interest to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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