Which features of breast cancers affect treatment selection?

Updated: May 24, 2018
  • Author: Peter Abdelmessieh, DO, MSc; Chief Editor: Marie Catherine Lee, MD, FACS  more...
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The following features are all important in deciding on a course of treatment for any breast tumor:

  • Size
  • Status of surgical margin
  • Presence or absence of estrogen receptors and progesterone receptors
  • Nuclear and histologic grade
  • DNA content
  • S-phase fraction
  • Vascular invasion
  • Tumor necrosis
  • Histologic grade

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