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Neuroendocrine breast cancer differentiation

David Tiberi, Laura Masucci, Daniel Shedid, Isabelle Roy, Toni Vu, Erica Patocskai, André Robidoux, Philip Wong
Adjuvant systemic treatments reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence following the local treatment of primary stage I-III breast cancers. For patients with hormone-positive breast cancers receiving hormonal therapy, the risk of distant recurrence is under 20% and therefore, many patients may potentially be spared of chemotherapy. Consequently, several molecular signatures based on gene expression were developed to better determine which breast cancer patients would benefit from chemotherapy. We present the case of a 62-year-old woman diagnosed with an early stage hormone receptor-positive breast cancer that was treated with a partial mastectomy...
March 17, 2017: Curēus
Lilian Yuri Itaya Yamaga, Jairo Wagner, Marcelo Buarque de Gusmão Funari
PET-CT with somatostatin analogs labeled with Ga is increasingly recognized as the best imaging modality for the evaluation of well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). However, somatostatin receptor (SSR) is not an exclusive marker for NET. A variety of tumors other than NETs express SSR, leading to a significant risk of false-positive PET/CT results. We illustrate false-positive Ga-DOTATATE PET/CT findings due to high uptake by non-Hodgkin lymphoma, metastatic meningioma, breast cancer, thyroid adenoma, and papillary carcinoma...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Fernando Collado-Mesa, Jose M Net, Geetika A Klevos, Monica M Yepes
Neuroendocrine tumors of the breast are very rare accounting for less than 0.1% of all breast cancers and less than 1% of all neuroendocrine tumors. Focal neuroendocrine differentiation can be found in different histologic types of breast carcinoma including in situ and invasive ductal or invasive lobular. However, primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the breast requires the expression of neuroendocrine markers in more than 50% of the cell population, the presence of ductal carcinoma in situ, and the absence of clinical evidence of concurrent primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of any other organ...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
Kazunoshin Tachibana, Noriko Abe, Sadahiko Abe, Keita Aoto, Maiko Okano, Fumi Murakami, Satoshi Kawana, Osamu Suzuki, Kazuhiro Tasaki, Tohru Ohtake, Seiichi Takenoshita
We report a case of neuroendocrine carcinoma and poorly differentiated/small cell carcinoma ofthe breast in a patient with von Recklinghausen's disease. The patient was a 46-year-old woman who was diagnosed with von Recklinghausen's disease when she was 22 years old. She presented with left breast pain, and physical examination revealed a firm mass in the left breast. A core needle biopsy of the tumor revealed triple negative breast cancer with neuroendocrine features. We performed a simple mastectomy with lymph node dissection...
November 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Elena Jachetti, Alice Rigoni, Lucia Bongiovanni, Ivano Arioli, Laura Botti, Mariella Parenza, Valeria Cancila, Claudia Chiodoni, Fabrizio Festinese, Matteo Bellone, Regina Tardanico, Claudio Tripodo, Mario P Colombo
Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death by cancer in male worldwide. Indeed, advanced and metastatic disease characterized by androgen resistance and often associated with neuroendocrine (NE) differentiation remains incurable. Using the spontaneous prostate cancer TRAMP model, we have shown that mast cells (MCs) support in vivo the growth of prostate adenocarcinoma, whereas their genetic or pharmacologic targeting favours prostate NE cancer arousal. Aiming at simultaneously targeting prostate NE tumor cells and MCs, both expressing the cKit tyrosine kinase receptor, we have tested the therapeutic effect of Imatinib in TRAMP mice...
December 15, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Caterina Marchiò, Felipe C Geyer, Charlotte Ky Ng, Salvatore Piscuoglio, Maria R De Filippo, Marco Cupo, Anne M Schultheis, Raymond S Lim, Kathleen A Burke, Elena Guerini-Rocco, Mauro Papotti, Larry Norton, Anna Sapino, Britta Weigelt, Jorge S Reis-Filho
Neuroendocrine breast carcinomas (NBCs) account for 2-5% of all invasive breast cancers, and are histologically similar to neuroendocrine tumours from other sites. They typically express oestrogen receptor (ER), and are HER2-negative and of luminal 'intrinsic' subtype. Here, we sought to define the mutational profile of NBCs, and to investigate whether NBCs and common forms of luminal (ER(+) /HER2(-) ) breast carcinoma show distinct repertoires of somatic mutations. Eighteen ER(+) /HER2(-) NBCs, defined as harbouring >50% of tumour cells expressing chromogranin A and/or synaptophysin, and matched normal tissues were microdissected and subjected to massively parallel sequencing targeting all exons of 254 genes most frequently mutated in breast carcinomas and/or related to DNA repair...
February 2017: Journal of Pathology
Antonio D'Antonio, Maria Addesso, Domenico Memoli, Annamaria Cascone, Luigi Cremone
Neuroendocrine features are detectable in carcinomas of the breast either as scattered cells, that are recognized by their expression of neuroendocrine cell markers. Instead, pure breast carcinomas with neuroendocrine features (NEBC) are very rare and represent <1% of all breast cancer. Usually NEBC may be well or poorly differentiated and more frequent in older woman. These tumors showed variable histological pattern but a common feature is represented by expression of neuroendocrine markers. Here we report a case of a primary multicentric low-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma of the breast presented because of its rarity and for the unusual tubular and cribriform pattern resembling a well-differentiated conventional breast carcinoma...
2016: Breast Disease
N Naqos, A Naim, H Jouhadi, A Taleb, Z Bouchbika, N Benchakroune, N Tawfiq, S Sahraoui, A Benider
PURPOSE: Mucinous carcinoma of the breast accounts for 1 to 4% of all breast cancer. There are two histological subtypes: mixed mucinous carcinoma, where the ductal carcinoma is associated with the colloid component, and pure mucinous carcinoma, with a favorable prognosis, where the mucus surrounds the tumour tissue and constitutes a mechanical barrier limiting cell invasion and making this form less aggressive. Our study aimed to determine retrospectively the main epidemiological, clinical, biological, and therapeutic features, as well as the prognosis of this rare form of breast carcinoma...
December 2016: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
Stergios Boussios, Ioannis Zerdes, Ourania Batsi, Vasilios P Papakostas, Esmeralda Seraj, George Pentheroudakis, George K Glantzounis
INTRODUCTION: Pancreatic metastases are uncommon and only found in a minority of patients with widespread metastatic disease at autopsy. The most common primary cancer site resulting in pancreatic metastases is the kidney, followed by colorectal cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, lung carcinoma and sarcoma. PRESENTATION OF CASE: Herein, we report a 63-year-old male patient who presented -3.5 years after radical nephrectomy performed for renal cell carcinoma (RCC)-with a well-defined lobular, round mass at the body of the pancreas demonstrated by abdominal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)...
2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
D L Wachter
Breast cancer can be divided into four molecular subtypes with different prognoses using immunohistochemical markers in the routine clinicopathological work-up. The protein Ki-67 is of central importance in this context, in particular to distinguish between luminal A and luminal B carcinomas. Determination of the Ki-67 index of a carcinoma also allows a prediction of the likelihood of the response to chemotherapy. Additionally, the expression of certain cytokeratins in tumor cells is associated with a poor response to chemotherapy...
November 2016: Der Pathologe
Sahejmeet S Guraya, Richard A Prayson
The diagnosis of a tumor-to-tumor metastasis in the central nervous system most commonly involves metastasis to a meningioma. These combined lesions are often radiographically unsuspected and mimic a meningioma. Most commonly, the source of metastatic disease are carcinomas from the lung and breast. To our knowledge, fewer than a half dozen cases of metastatic prostatic adenocarcinoma to a meningioma have been documented in the literature. This report documents a 67-year-old man who presented with worsening confusion and altered mental status, accompanied by symptoms of increased urinary frequency, incontinence, and difficulty urinating...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Heather B Patisaul
A wide range of health benefits have been ascribed to soya intake including a lowered risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer, and menopausal symptoms. Because it is a hormonally active diet, however, soya can also be endocrine disrupting, suggesting that intake has the potential to cause adverse health effects in certain circumstances, particularly when exposure occurs during development. Consequently, the question of whether or not soya phyto-oestrogens are beneficial or harmful to human health is neither straightforward nor universally applicable to all groups...
July 8, 2016: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
Ichiro Maeda, Shinya Tajima, Yasushi Ariizumi, Masatomo Doi, Akira Endo, Saeko Naruki, Masahiro Hoshikawa, Hirotaka Koizumi, Yoshihide Kanemaki, Takahiko Ueno, Koichiro Tsugawa, Masayuki Takagi
The differential diagnosis of epithelial proliferative disease using core needle biopsy (CNB) is problematic because it is difficult to differentiate between intraductal papilloma, ductal hyperplasia, ductal carcinoma in situ, and invasive ductal carcinoma. Many studies have reported that breast cancer lesions are positive for neuroendocrine (NE) markers, whereas only a small number of studies have reported immunopositivity for NE markers in normal mammary tissues or benign lesions. We asked whether NE factors could be used as markers of breast cancer...
July 2016: Pathology International
Taro Takanami, Yasushi Ota, Mitsuya Suzuki
A 57-year-old woman presented to our department with a 2-month history of pain and paresthesia on the left side of the face 12 years after having undergone surgery for breast cancer. We performed an endoscopic biopsy and diagnosed metastatic breast cancer to the pterygopalatine fossa. There has been no recurrence for two years since the metastatic tumor was treated by radiation therapy. A literature search shows only one case of metastatic breast cancer with severe trigeminal neuralgia located in the V2 division of the trigeminal nerve area...
February 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
Paola Moreno, Irene Ramos-Álvarez, Terry W Moody, Robert T Jensen
INTRODUCTION: Despite remarkable advances in tumor treatment, many patients still die from common tumors (breast, prostate, lung, CNS, colon, and pancreas), and thus, new approaches are needed. Many of these tumors synthesize bombesin (Bn)-related peptides and over-express their receptors (BnRs), hence functioning as autocrine-growth-factors. Recent studies support the conclusion that Bn-peptides/BnRs are well-positioned for numerous novel antitumor treatments, including interrupting autocrine-growth and the use of over-expressed receptors for imaging and targeting cytotoxic-compounds, either by direct-coupling or combined with nanoparticle-technology...
September 2016: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Kenichi Sakurai, Shigeru Fujisaki, Keita Adachi, Shuhei Suzuki, Yuki Masuo, Saki Nagashima, Yukiko Hara, Ryouichi Tomita, Kenji Gonda, Tomohiro Hirano, Katsuhisa Enomoto, Sadao Amano
We report a case of interval breast cancer that was an invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast with neuroendocrine differentiation. The patient was a 66-year-old woman who had a breast lump. She had received breast cancer screening every other year. The last screening was 1 year and 6 months prior to diagnosis. A core needle biopsy for breast tumor led to a diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma. Breast conserving surgery plus sentinel lymph node biopsy was performed. The pathological diagnosis from the resected surgical specimen was invasive ductal carcinoma with neuroendocrine differentiation, positive for ER and PgR, and negative for HER2/neu protein expression...
November 2015: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Pedro Freire de Siqueira, Andréia Latanza Gomes Mathez, Denize Borges Pedretti, Julio Abucham
Metastasis to the pituitary gland is an unusual situation in clinical practice, but the frequency thereof is increasing due to the increased survival of cancer patients, and greater availability of imaging. In most cases, they are found between the sixth and seventh decades of life, as determined in image examination of patients with known malignant neoplasm, but, generally, asymptomatic with respect to pituitary involvement. The most common primary sites are breast in women and lung in men. We present the case of a 64-year-old patient with clinical visual changes, polyuria, polydipsia, and decreased level of consciousness whose tests showed pan-hypopituitarism, hypernatremia and low urine specific gravity, and extensive mass in sellar region...
December 2015: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Alessandro Inno, Giuseppe Bogina, Monica Turazza, Laura Bortesi, Simona Duranti, Alberto Massocco, Giuseppe Zamboni, Giovanni Carbognin, Filippo Alongi, Matteo Salgarello, Stefania Gori
UNLABELLED: : Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the breast is considered a rare entity, and for this reason there are no data from prospective clinical trials on its optimal management. Early stage tumors are usually treated with the same strategy used for the other types of invasive breast cancer. Anthracycline- and taxane-based regimens represent the most frequently administered chemotherapy in neoadjuvant and adjuvant setting, as well as for metastatic disease, although combinations of platinum compounds and etoposide have been widely used, in particular for small-cell histology and tumors with a high proliferation index...
January 2016: Oncologist
Yu-Hong Liu, Julia Y S Tsang, Yun-Bi Ni, Thazin Hlaing, Siu-Ki Chan, Kui-Fat Chan, Chun-Wai Ko, S Shafaq Mujtaba, Gary M Tse
Doublecortin-like kinase 1 (DCLK1), a microtubule associated kinase, has recently been proposed to be a putative marker for stemness and adverse prognosis in gastrointestinal cancers. However, it is not clear whether the protein also plays similar roles in breast cancer. Here, the expression of DCLK1 was analyzed in a large cohort of invasive breast cancers (IBC) by immunohistochemistry. DCKL1 was associated with favorable clinico-pathologic features, namely lower histologic grade, absence of lymphovascular invasion, fibrotic focus, necrosis and lower pN stage (p≤0...
January 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Emil Puscas, Cosmin Lisencu, Ioana Neagoe
UNLABELLED: Primary neuroendocrine cancer of the breast (NECB) is an extremely rare tumor. In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized this category with three well-described subtypes: small cell, large cell, and carcinoid-like carcinoma; very few peer-review publications based on the WHO definition were encountered in the literature, and we conducted a literature search to investigate the reported incidence, diagnosis, prognosis, hormone receptor status, and treatment options for this rare tumor...
2013: Clujul Medical (1957)
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