What is it about?

We clarified longitudinal changes in the cross-sectional area of skeletal muscle and mean attenuation in CT images of breast cancer patients. We found that both quantity and quality of skeletal muscle continued to decrease during 12-month period before death in breast cancer patients.

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Why is it important?

If we can predict prognosis of patients with breast cancer by measuring skelatal msucle, it may contribute to the early induction of palliative care, optimal termination of intensive treatment, and enhancement of QOL.


Further prospective large-scale cohort surveys are needed to clarify the role of skeletal muscle changes and to establish optimal supportive care for breast cancer patients.

MD. PhD. Tateaki Naito
Shizuoka Cancer Center

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This page is a summary of: Skeletal muscle loss and prognosis of breast cancer patients, Supportive Care in Cancer, February 2017, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s00520-017-3628-5.
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