Metastatic breast cancer presenting as a primary hindgut neuroendocrine tumour

Alicia F.C. Okines, Eliza A. Hawkes, Sheela Rao, Nicholas Van As, Henry Marsh, Angela Riddell, Philip O.G. Wilson, Peter Osin, Andrew C. Wetherspoon

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The examination of limited, potentially non-representative fragments of tumour tissue from a core biopsy can be misleading and misdirect subsequent treatment, especially in cases where a primary tumour has not been identified. This case report is of a 65-year-old woman presenting with a destructive sacral mass, diagnosed on radiological imaging and core biopsy as a hindgut neuroendocrine tumour, which on histopathological review of the subsequently resected tumour was found instead to represent a metastasis from an occult hormone-positive breast cancer with neuroendocrine features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3015-3018
Number of pages4
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast cancer
  • Carcinoid
  • Hindgut
  • Neuroedocrine tumour

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