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Resident PGY 2
Henry Ford Hospital
Introduction: Breast angiosarcoma following treatment for breast cancer is a rare event and generally presents no earlier than 6 years after treatment. We identified 2 cases of early-onset angiosarcoma and evaluated patient and treatment factors.
Methods: At our large multi-hospital health system, the tumor registry was searched for breast sarcoma from 2000-2020. Patient, tumor, and treatment details were collected.
Results: 39 patients were identified, 4 with radiation induced angiosarcoma following breast cancer treatment (range 3-11 years). Two of the cases were early-onset, diagnosed at 3 and 4 years respectively. Patient 1 underwent BCT at age 44 for T1bN0 estrogen positive Her2 negative breast cancer. She presented 3 years later with progressive skin discoloration. After a delay of 3 months as multiple providers thought this was bruising secondary to trauma sustained during a fall, she was referred to breast surgery and punch biopsy was diagnostic for angiosarcoma (Figure 1). She underwent right mastectomy revealing 9.7-cm of high grade angiosarcoma. Patient 2 underwent BCT at 72 for T1cN1a estrogen positive Her2 negative breast cancer. She presented 4 years later with a suspicious skin finding. Punch biopsy was diagnostic for angiosarcoma. She underwent right mastectomy revealing 8-cm of high grade angiosarcoma.
Conclusions: Radiation induced breast angiosarcoma is a known but rare entity typically occurring at least 6 years after treatment for breast cancer; however, it should remain high on the differential for patients with suspicious breast lesions before 6 years to avoid a delay in diagnosis as early-onset angiosarcoma does occur.
Ulrich, Elizabeth; Bensenhaver, Jessica; Nathanson, S. David; and Petersen, Lindsay, "Early Onset Angiosarcoma of the Breast Following Breast Conserving Therapy" (2020). Case Reports. 8.