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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 74--76

Role of surgery in breast metastasis from carcinoma of the cervix

1 Department of Surgical Oncology, BRAIRCH, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Pathology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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NML Manjunath
Department of Surgical Oncology, BRAIRCH, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.78454

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Carcinoma of the cervix is the most common malignancy among women in India. Although metastatic disease is common, metastasis to breast is rare. A limited number of case reports are published in the world literature. Most of the previous reports of metastatic cervical carcinoma to breast are either autopsy series or widely disseminated disease where no treatment options were available. A rare case of cervical carcinoma presenting as metastasis in breast is reported here where palliative mastectomy improved the general condition of the patient. A female patient aged 58 years was diagnosed and treated for cervical carcinoma, FIGO stage 2B. Four months after the treatment which included both external beam and intracavitory radiotherapy, the patient presented with breast and lung metastasis. Palliative mastectomy was done which improved the general condition of the patient. Metastatic carcinoma of the cervix can present as a case of breast carcinoma. In an appropriate setting, this possibility should be kept in mind. Palliative mastectomy should be offered for patients of cervical carcinoma with metastasis to breast when needed.


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