The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between serum tumor markers CEA and CA 15-3 in breast cancer (BC) patients with disease relapse and different prognostic parameters at first operation. Sixty-two women (median age 55 years, range 35-83 years) who had undergone curative surgery for pT1-2 pN0-1 M0 breast cancer developed local recurrences, distant metastases or contralateral BC during a median relapse time of 53 months (range 25-149 months). Sensitivity of CEA, CA 15-3, and CEA + CA 15-3 together was 40.3%, 41.9% and 59.7%, respectively. No correlation (p = NS) was found between tumor markers sensitivity and type of recurrence, surgical procedure, histologic subtypes and hormone receptors rate. CEA significantly (p < 0.01) correlated with the size of the tumor and axillary node status and CA 15-3 with the age of the patients. In conclusion, CEA and CA 15-3 should be considered complementary in detecting BC recurrences but their sensitivity is low and independent of the majority of the prognostic parameters that may be considered before relapse.

Sensitivity of serum tumor markers CEA and CA 15-3 in breast cancer recurrences and correlation with different prognostic factors

LUMACHI, FRANCO;ERMANI, MARIO;BOCCAGNI, PATRIZIA
2000

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between serum tumor markers CEA and CA 15-3 in breast cancer (BC) patients with disease relapse and different prognostic parameters at first operation. Sixty-two women (median age 55 years, range 35-83 years) who had undergone curative surgery for pT1-2 pN0-1 M0 breast cancer developed local recurrences, distant metastases or contralateral BC during a median relapse time of 53 months (range 25-149 months). Sensitivity of CEA, CA 15-3, and CEA + CA 15-3 together was 40.3%, 41.9% and 59.7%, respectively. No correlation (p = NS) was found between tumor markers sensitivity and type of recurrence, surgical procedure, histologic subtypes and hormone receptors rate. CEA significantly (p < 0.01) correlated with the size of the tumor and axillary node status and CA 15-3 with the age of the patients. In conclusion, CEA and CA 15-3 should be considered complementary in detecting BC recurrences but their sensitivity is low and independent of the majority of the prognostic parameters that may be considered before relapse.
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