- Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
- Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Electronic address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Biostatistics Unit, South African Medical Research Council, South Africa.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer of women in the world. Twenty-five percent of people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reside in South Africa. The coincidence of breast cancer and HIV infection is therefore common in South Africa. There is a perception that systemic and local surgical complications are more common in HIV-infected patients, and that these patients tolerate chemo- and radiotherapy poorly.
The aim of the study was to determine the effect of HIV infection on the management of breast cancer by comparing HIV-infected to -noninfected patients. The outcomes of surgery and adjuvant/neoadjuvant therapy were examined in these groups.