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Table 5 Metastasis patterns according to the time to diagnosis of breast cancer recurrence

From: Factors that predict recurrence later than 5 years after initial treatment in operable breast cancer

Site of recurrences Time to recurrence Total (n = 300) p
<5 years (n = 180) ≥5 years (n = 120)
Pulmonary metastasis 132 (73.3) 91 (75.8) 223 0.102
Bone metastasis 82 (45.5) 58 (48) 140 1.051
Brain metastasis 22 (12.2) 4 (3.3) 26 0.007
Liver metastasis 57 (31.6) 20 (16.6) 77 0.004
LN metastasis 38 (21.1) 29 (24.1) 67 0.534
Skin metastasis 32 (17.7) 22 (18.3) 54 0.902
Locoregional recurrence 10 (5.0) 16 (8.0) 26 0.019
Distant metastasis 170 (94.4) 104 (86.6) 274 0.088
Multiple site metastasis 132 (73.3) 76 (63.3) 208 0.066