Multicentric breast cancer

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A multicentric breast cancer is a term given to a breast cancer where there are two or more breast cancers separated by normal breast tissue (often taken as 5 cm of separation 4). It is related to but distinct from the term multifocal breast cancer.

At a pathological level It can also mean 2

  • tumour with minimum one satellite node in the same or another quadrant of the breast
  • minimum one cut through the breast without tumour cells
  • histopathologically, discontinued tumours with intra-ductal invasion.

Some authors also use the term multicentric breast cancer when there are tumour foci involving more than one quadrant.

Breast imaging and pathology
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rID: 15321
System: Breast
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Multicentric breast cancer
  • Multicentric breast carcinoma
  • Multicentric breast cancers

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