Curative use of forequarter amputation for recurrent breast cancer over an axillary area

a case report and literature review

Chun Hao Tsai, Huey En Tzeng, Wei Kae Juang, Pei Guo Chu, Patricia Fann, Yi Chin Fong, Horng Chaung Hsu, Yun Yen

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Axillary recurrence of breast cancer that involves the brachial neurovascular bundle is uncommon. However, for many patients with such recurrence, forequarter amputation can play a palliative role in relieving excruciating pain and paralysis of the upper limb. Further, for those patients who do not have distant metastasis or other local-regional recurrence, forequarter amputation provides a chance for a cure. Only a few case reports of curative amputations for recurrent breast cancer are present in the literature. Here, we report a case of forequarter amputation for curative treatment of axillary recurrent breast cancer, together with a literature review. To date, we have followed the patient for three years after amputation, during which there has been no evidence of recurrence or metastasis. Although radical resection is feasible, it can be accompanied by surgical wound complications and psychosocial stress. Therefore, an organized multidisciplinary approach is needed to ensure the success of radical resection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346
Number of pages1
JournalWorld Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Amputation
Breast Neoplasms
Recurrence
Neoplasm Metastasis
Upper Extremity
Paralysis
Arm
Pain
Therapeutics

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Curative use of forequarter amputation for recurrent breast cancer over an axillary area : a case report and literature review. / Tsai, Chun Hao; Tzeng, Huey En; Juang, Wei Kae; Chu, Pei Guo; Fann, Patricia; Fong, Yi Chin; Hsu, Horng Chaung; Yen, Yun.

In: World Journal of Surgical Oncology, Vol. 12, 2014, p. 346.

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Tsai, Chun Hao ; Tzeng, Huey En ; Juang, Wei Kae ; Chu, Pei Guo ; Fann, Patricia ; Fong, Yi Chin ; Hsu, Horng Chaung ; Yen, Yun. / Curative use of forequarter amputation for recurrent breast cancer over an axillary area : a case report and literature review. In: World Journal of Surgical Oncology. 2014 ; Vol. 12. pp. 346.
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