[Limits of Surgical Therapy for Pulmonary Metastasis From Breast Cancer]

Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 2002 Nov;29(12):2138-41.
[Article in Japanese]


Sixteen cases of first pulmonary metastasis from breast cancer were reexamined. There was no significant difference between the operated and non-operated cases. The prognoses of both groups were unfavorable due to aggravation of the lung, including the pleural focus or other distant metastases. We found a surgical benefit in only selected cases such as comparatively advanced breast cancers with long disease-free intervals, and cases in which the differentiation with the primary lung cancer was difficult. We recommend a mildly invasive operation using video-assisted thoracic surgery in these cases.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality
  • Lung Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Video-Assisted Surgery