A 35-Year-Old Woman With a Change in HER2 Expression Following Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Invasive Breast CancerJune 15th 2018
A 35-year-old woman noticed a mass in her right breast and underwent a diagnostic workup, including a mammogram that revealed a 2.4-cm mass and ultrasound that showed two adjacent masses, as well as enlarged axillary lymph nodes.
Metastatic Papillary Adenocarcinoma in a 22-Year-Old: Is Her History of Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome Causative or Incidental?December 16th 2016
A 22-year-old college student with primary amenorrhea due to Müllerian agenesis presented with a headache, dysarthria, nausea, vomiting, and left upper extremity weakness. MRI of the brain showed numerous intracranial lesions.
Commentary (Brown/Stearns): Optimizing Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Early-Stage Breast CancerDecember 1st 2005
Improvements in early diagnosisand treatment of breast cancer overthe past few decades have clearlyreduced disease-related mortality. The2000 Oxford Overview published recentlyby the Early Breast Cancer Trialists’Cooperative Group (EBCTCG)highlights some of the widely practicableadjuvant drug treatments thatwere under investigation in the 1980s,and have substantially reduced 5-yearrecurrence rates as well as 15-yearmortality rates. Optimal adjuvanthormone therapy is associated with asubstantial improvement of diseaseoutcomes in hormone receptor–positivewomen. Chemotherapy is alsoassociated with considerable benefitsin women with breast cancer, regardlessof age, stage, or hormone receptorstatus. However, chemotherapy isnot without risks. The treatment isassociated with many adverse eventsthat may significantly affect a patient’squality of life while she is receivingtreatment. Other effects may be longstanding,permanent, and, rarely, lifethreatening.
Commentary (Brown/Armstrong): Pregnancy and Breast CancerMay 1st 2005
Drs. Partridge and Schapira areto be complimented on a conciseand comprehensive reviewof pregnancy before, during, andafter a diagnosis of breast cancer. Aswomen are able and willing to deferpregnancy until later in life, the issuesaddressed in this article will be encounteredwith increasing frequencyin oncology.