Breast Cancer pp 263-269 | Cite as

Sarcoma and Lymphoma of the Breast

Presentation, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • Helena Chang
  • Jane Kakkis
Part of the Current Clinical Oncology book series (CCO)


Sarcomas arise from mesodermal structures. Common morphologic appearance and similar clinical patterns characterize these connective tissue tumors. The etiology is unknown, and most soft tissue sarcomas arise de novo. Soft tissue sarcomas expand radially and spread along paths of least resistance. Most develop pseudocapsules that contain tumor cells and therefore cannot be shelled out, as the risk of local recurrence is very high. Sarcomas rarely metastasize to regional lymph nodes. Hematogenous spread is common and occurs early. Pulmonary metastasis is often the first site of disseminated disease. Local recurrence is associated with disseminated disease in one-third of patients. The most important prognostic factors are histologic grade and size of tumor.


Soft Tissue Sarcoma Axillary Node Dissection Radical Mastectomy Primary Lymphoma Special Clinical Situation 
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