Metaplastic carcinoma of the breast

What is metaplastic carcinoma of the breast?

Metaplastic carcinoma of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer. The tumor cells differ in type from that of the typical ductal or lobular breast cancers. The cells look like skin cells or cells that make bone. Some women experience no early signs or symptoms, while others experience general symptoms of breast cancers, such as new breast lumps. Treatment of metaplastic carcinoma of the breast is similar to that of invasive ductal cancer.

Last updated on 05-01-20

Is metaplastic carcinoma of the breast a rare disease?

Metaplastic carcinoma of the breast is a rare condition. The exact prevalence is not known. While estimates vary, it is thought to account for less than 1% of all breast cancers.

In the broad sense, metaplastic carcinoma of the breast is also genetic. All cancers involve genetic changes in affected cells. Currently, no inherited genetic predisposing risk factors have been identified. The underlying cause of this cancer is unknown.

Last updated on 05-01-20

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Metaplastic carcinoma of the breast

Park HS, Park S, Kim JH, Lee JH, Choi SY, Park BW, Lee KS. Clinicopathologic features and outcomes of metaplastic breast carcinoma: comparison with invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast. Yonsei Med J. 2010 Nov 1;51(6):864-9.

Last updated on 04-27-20

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