Muhammad Kamil, Imran Khalid, Hasnah Hashim, Mrinal Biswas, Gurjeet Kaur, Rajakul Islam.
Association of carcinoma breast: grade and estrogen progesterone receptor expression.
J Coll Physicians Surg Pak Jan ;20(4):250-2.

Objective: To determine the association between histological grade of tumour and estrogen progesterone receptors (ER/PR) expression in unselected invasive carcinoma of breast in Malaysian patients. Study Design: An observational study. Place and Duration of Study: Advanced Medical and Dental Institute and Hospital, Kepala Batas, from year 2002 to 2007. Methodology: Ethical approval from Ministry of Health of Malaysia was obtained. Retrospective case records of patients presented between 2002- 2007 were reviewed for obtaining information on grade of tumour and expression of ER/PR in unselected carcinoma of breast patients. Records with missing data were discarded. Results: Out of 195 cases evaluated, 42 cases of grade-I tumour were recorded of which 08 (19%) tested positive for ER and 34 (81%) tested negative, 86 cases represented grade-II tumour of which 33 (38%) tested positive for ER and 53 (62%) were negative for ER, while out of 67 grade-III tumours 22 (33%) were positive for ER receptors while 45 (67%) were negative, (c2 statistic (df) 4.831, p=0.089). For PR, 192 cases were evaluated and data was missing for 3 cases on PR status. Grade-I tumour consisted of 39 cases of which PR +ve represented 07 (17.94%) and 32 (82.05) cases PR -ve; 86 cases were of grade-II of which 31 (36.04%) were PR +ve and 55 (63.95%) PR –ve. Sixty seven cases of grade-III tumour of which 19 (28.35%) were PR +ve and 48 (71.64) were PR –ve (c2 statistic (df): 4.297; p=0.117). Conclusion: ER/PR positivity trend was highest for grade-II tumours compared to grade-I and grade-III tumours. In general ER positivity was more with grade-II and grade-III tumours compared to grade I tumours. Although results did not reach statistical significance but there was a trend towards ER/PR positivity in grade-II and III tumours. So far, studies from South East Asia reported ER/PR expression more with low grade tumours.

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