Aggressive palliative surgery in metastatic phyllodes tumor: impact on quality of life

Indian J Palliat Care. 2010 May;16(2):101-4. doi: 10.4103/0973-1075.68402.


Metastatic phyllodes tumor has very few treatment options. Phyllodes tumor in metastatic setting has limited role of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy or combined treatment. Most of the patients receive symptomatic management only. We present a case of metastatic phyllodes tumor managed with aggressive margin negative resection of primary tumor leading to palliation of almost all the symptoms, which eventually led to improved quality of life and probably to improved survival. The improved quality of life was objectively assessed with Hamilton depression rating scale. Surgery may be the only mode of palliation in selected patients that provides a better quality of life and directly or indirectly may lead to improved survival.

Keywords: Hamilton depression rating scale; Palliative surgery; Phyllodes tumor; Quality of life.

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