Cranial reconstruction for metastatic breast cancer

Nicholas E. Sieveking, Andrew E. Turk, Carter E. Beck, Griffith Harsh

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Abstract

All women with advanced breast cancer who are medically stable despite their disease are candidates for tumor extirpation and reconstruction. Advanced breast cancer today is incurable, and many prognostic factors can be used to try to predict a clinical course and response to therapy; however, no guidelines are available. Our case report most likely represents a metastasis to the calvarium with intracranial extension, reported to occur in about 3 percent of primary breast cancer patients. As demonstrated here, tumor ablation with immediate, one-stage reconstruction of large scalp defects is possible without the need for free tissue transfer or delay in adjuvant therapy, life are the goals of the oncologic reconstructive surgeons in cases of advanced breast cancer. These goals are becoming even more important as new forms and combinations of chemotherapy, radiation, and gene therapy are extending the life expectancy of women with breast carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1737-1741
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Volume105
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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