Objective: To analyze the clinical presentation and outcome of Jordanian patients
with breast cancer.
Materials and Methods: Data from 184 patients registered and treated at different
Royal Medical Services Hospitals in Jordan from January 2002 to December 2005
were analyzed. The variables noted included age, site, lymph nodes status, grade and
type of the breast cancer found.
Results: The median age was 52.5 years and 54% patients were pre-menopausal.
Ninety-six per cent patients presented with a lump and majority (86.4%) had a lump
size > two cm. Stage 1 was found in 7.6%, Stage 2 in 60.3% and Stage 3 in 32.1%
patients. Right breast was involved in 50.5%, left breast in 48.9% and one case had a
bilateral involvement. Most patients were prescribed Tamoxifen for 5 years.
Conclusions: Many patients with breast cancer presented in late stages with large
lumps. Thus, breast cancer prognosis in Jordan remains poor primarily due to late
diagnosis. (Rawal Med J 2007;32:50-52)
Key words: Breast, cancer, nodes.