Metaplastic breast carcinoma: more than a special type

Nat Rev Cancer. 2014 Mar;14(3):147-8. doi: 10.1038/nrc3637.


Metaplastic breast carcinoma (MBC) is a special histological type of invasive breast cancer. MBC is a descriptive and operational term for a heterogeneous collection of tumours with distinct histologies, clinical behaviours and potentially responses to therapy.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Metaplasia*
  • Mutation
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Phenotype