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Support and treatment of serious comorbidity also improve survival in breast cancer

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7101.191 (Published 19 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:191
  1. H W Nab, Clinical epidemiologista,
  2. J W W Coebergh, Clinical epidemiologista
  1. a Comprehensive Cancer Centre South (IKZ), Eindhoven, Netherlands

    Editor—In their analysis of the prognosis of breast cancer diagnosed between 1982 and 1989 Diane Stockton and colleagues found a significant improvement in overall survival, which disappeared when adjustments were made for stage.1 Because of the minor stage-specific improvement they concluded that the better overall survival over time was mainly owing to earlier detection, with better treatment having only a small impact. They state that similar results, showing no improvement in prognosis with increased use of treatment modalities, were found …

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