IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 26 / Issue 5 / pii/2005229

European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology (EJGO) is published by IMR Press from Volume 40 Issue 1 (2019). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with S.O.G.

Original Research

Metastatic disease in the breast from nonmammary neoplasms

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1 Second Department of Surgery, Athens University Medical School, Areteion Hospital, Athens (Greece)
2 Department of Pathology, Athens University Medical School, Areteion Hospital, Athens (Greece)
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2005, 26(5), 547–550;
Published: 10 October 2005

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in women. The metastatic involvement of the breast from nonmammary neoplasms is a relatively rare condition. Female patients are affected five to six times more frequently than male patients. We present seven paitents with metastasis in the breast from extramammary tumors. Females seemed to be more frequently affected (6 women and 1 man) and included a wide range of ages (17-70 years old). All female patients had suspicious-looking abnormalities (BI­RADS 4) or lesion highly suspicious of malignancy (BI-RADS 5) in the mammography, without a confirmative fine needle aspiration cytology. The primary malignancies were equally distributed between non-hematological (1 renal adenocarcinoma, 1 melanoma, 1 leiomyosarcoma) and hematological (1 non-Hodgkin's, 2 Hodgkin's lymphomas and 1 leukemia). Treatment is there­fore modified, taking into consideration the treatment and prognosis of the primary disease.

Metastases to the breast
Extramammary neoplasms
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