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Vol 6, No 4 (2007)
Case reports
Published online: 2008-02-20
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Symptom management supported by photodynamic therapy in case of dysphagia due to breast cancer gastric metastasis

Artur Pakosz
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2007;6(4):147-152.

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Vol 6, No 4 (2007)
Case reports
Published online: 2008-02-20

Abstract

Breast cancer in its advanced form constitutes a malignant neoplasm often causing metastases to distant organs - especially bones, lungs and brain. Diagnostic studies rarely refer to untypical locations, which - especially after a radical treatment of the basic illness - may lead to erroneous diagnoses, which in turn may expose the patient to an ineffective and dangerous treatment. This study presents a case of a patient radically treated due to the left breast cancer who after the period of two years exhibited symptoms of increasing dysphagia. At first a gastric lymphoma was diagnosed, deriving from the lymphocytes B, or an anaplastic gastric cancer. A bad general condition of the patient did not allow to introduce chemotherapy, the patient was subject to a photodynamic endoscopic therapy six times, obtaining a complete symptom relief liquidation and an improvement of the general condition. The progress of the neoplastic disease observed during the symptom treatment in the palliative care consulting centre and hospitalization allowed to diagnose a gastric metastasis of the breast cancer.

Abstract

Breast cancer in its advanced form constitutes a malignant neoplasm often causing metastases to distant organs - especially bones, lungs and brain. Diagnostic studies rarely refer to untypical locations, which - especially after a radical treatment of the basic illness - may lead to erroneous diagnoses, which in turn may expose the patient to an ineffective and dangerous treatment. This study presents a case of a patient radically treated due to the left breast cancer who after the period of two years exhibited symptoms of increasing dysphagia. At first a gastric lymphoma was diagnosed, deriving from the lymphocytes B, or an anaplastic gastric cancer. A bad general condition of the patient did not allow to introduce chemotherapy, the patient was subject to a photodynamic endoscopic therapy six times, obtaining a complete symptom relief liquidation and an improvement of the general condition. The progress of the neoplastic disease observed during the symptom treatment in the palliative care consulting centre and hospitalization allowed to diagnose a gastric metastasis of the breast cancer.
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Keywords

breast cancer; gastric metastasis; photodynamic therapy

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Title

Symptom management supported by photodynamic therapy in case of dysphagia due to breast cancer gastric metastasis

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 6, No 4 (2007)

Pages

147-152

Published online

2008-02-20

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2007;6(4):147-152.

Keywords

breast cancer
gastric metastasis
photodynamic therapy

Authors

Artur Pakosz

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