Colonic metastasis from carcinoma of the breast that mimicks a primary intestinal cancer

Uygun K., Kocak Z., Altaner S., Cicin I., Tokatli F., Uzal C.

YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.47, no.4, pp.578-582, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.3349/ymj.2006.47.4.578
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.578-582
  • Keywords: breast cancer, metastasis, colon
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


Although the lung, liver, or bones are the most common location for distant metastases; in breast cancer patients, metastases to the intestinal tract are very rarely recognized in the clinic. We will present an unusual case of colonic metastasis from a carcinoma of the breast that mimics a primary intestinal cancer, along with a through review of English language medical literature. Despite the fact that isolated gastrointestinal (GI) metastases are very rare and much less common than benign disease processes or second primaries of the intestinal tract in patients with a history of breast cancer, metastatic disease should be given consideration whenever a patient experiences GI symptoms.