Background: Despite high rates of breast cancer in young women from low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs), their needs and concerns are not systematically studied or addressed. Understanding the characteristics of young women with breast cancer (YWBC) and the issues they face is of great relevance to the medical community, in order to tailor clinical interventions and supportive care for this unique and understudied patient population. The Mexican cohort “Mujer Joven y Fuerte” (Young and Strong Woman) has the goal of comprehensively characterizing and assessing the needs of YWBC in Mexico using patient- and physician-based surveys. Methods: A prospective cohort of newly diagnosed YWBC was established in November 2014 at two Mexican cancer centers in Mexico City and Monterrey. Eligible women answer web-based surveys on relevant topics including physical activity, genetics, psychosocial needs, and fertility. Clinicians complete pre-specified surveys using the US NIH BOLD Task Force common data elements registering clinical/pathologic characteristics and outcomes. Patients are evaluated at diagnosis, after 6 months, and annually for 5 years. Sub-studies assessing changes in cognition, sexual function and satisfaction, quality of life and depression/anxiety are being conducted, and biologic samples are stored for future research. Results: 96 YWBC with median age at diagnosis of 34 (21-41 y) were accrued to our pilot phase. 26% were single and 25% childless. 43% had higher education and 28% were employed. 90% presented with a self-detected mass. Clinical stage at diagnosis was distributed as follows: stage 0: 2%; I: 15%; IIA: 13%; IIB: 17%; III: 47%, and stage IV: 6%. The most frequent molecular subtype was HR+/HER2- (47%), followed by HER2+ (26%) and triple negative (21%). First follow-up results will be available shortly. Conclusions: To our knowledge, this represents the first prospective cohort of YWBC in Latin America. We are expanding this project to other centers in the region. Our findings will help develop culturally tailored interventions aimed at improving the psychosocial and medical outcomes of this vulnerable patient population.
Citation Format: Villareal-Garza CM, Platas A, Castro-Sánchez A, Miaja M, Bargalló-Rocha E, Martinez-Cannon BA, Vega Y, Fonseca A, Ramos-Elias P, Márquez-Perez CJ, Bukowski A, Goss P, St. Louis J, Chapman J-A, Partridge A, Meneses A, Mohar A. Young women with breast cancer in Mexico: A report of the pilot phase of the “Mujer Joven y Fuerte” prospective cohort [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium; 2016 Dec 6-10; San Antonio, TX. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2017;77(4 Suppl):Abstract nr P4-20-04.