Breast cancer metastases

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

Metastases from breast cancer can be a frequent finding in routine onco-radiological practice.

Clinical presentation

With the universal use and acceptance of screening mammography, the isolated clinical presentation from metastases from breast carcinoma have become rare in clinical practice. Historically, presentation from metastases was much more common than it is now.

More commonly, the primary breast malignancy is known at the time the metastases are found. The commonly accepted dictum reads that the smaller the breast carcinoma, the less the chances of metastases.

In radiology practice, the most common presentation is an enlarged node in an axilla. Senology may or may not demonstrate a lesion in the ipsilateral breast. FNA of the node then shows metastatic adenocarcinoma cells.

Pathology

Location

Most common sites of metastases:

Less frequent sites of metastases are:

  • liver
  • brain
  • pancreas 3,4
  • soft tissue 5
  • intramammary (rare)

Breast imaging and pathology
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Article Information

rID: 9026
System: Breast
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Metastases from breast cancer
  • Metastases from breast cancers

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