Surgical Science

Volume 3, Issue 4 (April 2012)

ISSN Print: 2157-9407   ISSN Online: 2157-9415

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Recurrent Giant Phyllodes Tumour of the Breast Pathological Considerations and Management Approach for Recurrence and Metastasis

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DOI: 10.4236/ss.2012.34043    6,429 Downloads   8,762 Views  Citations

ABSTRACT

Phyllodes tumours are rare and account for 0.4% of all breast tumours. The majority of them tend to be less than 5 cms in size with giant tumours larger than 10 cms being about 20% of these cases. They display a broad range of clinical and pathological behavior and are regarded as falling within the spectrum of fibroepithelial neoplasms. Surgery has been the primary modality of treatment. However the extent of resection and the role of adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy are still controversial. The risk of recurrence is (4.7% - 30%) for benign phyllodes tumour and (30% - 65%) for borderline and malignant phyllodes tumour. A case of giant phyllodes tumour measuring 36 × 30 cm and weighing 6.8 kg is presented, which had recurred following a previous resection 5 years back. The literature is reviewed with regards to pathology, the role of investigations, nature of resection and the risk factors for recurrence and metastasis

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N. Machado, "Recurrent Giant Phyllodes Tumour of the Breast Pathological Considerations and Management Approach for Recurrence and Metastasis," Surgical Science, Vol. 3 No. 4, 2012, pp. 220-225. doi: 10.4236/ss.2012.34043.

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