The clinical significance of radiologically detected silent pulmonary nodules in early breast cancer.
B Lee, A Lim, A Lalvani, MJL Descamps, R Leonard, S Nallamala, JS Lewis, RC Coombes, J Stebbing
Ann Oncol | Published : 2008
BACKGROUND: Increasing numbers of patients with early cancer undergo routine staging using computerized tomography (CT). Those in whom indeterminate pulmonary nodules are visualized without the presence of other metastatic lesions represent a clinical dilemma regarding their management as early breast cancer or metastatic disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Medical records of breast cancer patients who underwent thoracic CT scans between the years 2002 and 2008 were analyzed. Those with obvious metastatic disease were excluded. Patients were identified via the radiology database by searching for the terms: 'suspicious lung metastases' and 'indeterminate nodules'. RESULTS: Out of 1578 new patients..View full abstract