Rational and successful use of carboplatin and albumin-bound paclitaxel in a patient with recurrent metaplastic carcinoma who presented with multi-organ tumor emboli

Clin Breast Cancer. 2009 Feb;9(1):56-9. doi: 10.3816/CBC.2009.n.011.


We demonstrate successful treatment of recurrent chondroid-metaplastic breast cancer. Breast cancer recurrence was diagnosed when a patient with a history of metaplastic breast cancer presented with recurrent acute strokes. A diagnosis of tumor embolism was suspected when a chest radiograph performed as part of a work-up for stroke demonstrated several lung nodules, with 1 lung nodule invading the pulmonary vein and extending into the left atrium-the source of tumor emboli. This was followed by timely surgery to remove the embolizing metastatic lesion and local radiation to prevent growth and recurrent embolization. Subsequently, the patient received carboplatin and albumin-bound paclitaxel and experienced complete remission.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
  • Albumins / administration & dosage
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery
  • Carboplatin / administration & dosage
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Metaplasia / drug therapy*
  • Metaplasia / pathology
  • Metaplasia / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / surgery
  • Paclitaxel / administration & dosage
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
  • Albumins
  • Carboplatin
  • Paclitaxel