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Am J Surg. 2012 Jul;204(1):18-22. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2011.07.010. Epub 2011 Oct 28.

Current surgical approach to Paget's disease.

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  • 1Department of Surgical Oncology, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115, USA.



Paget's disease constitutes between 1% and 3% of all breast malignancies, which makes defining standard surgical therapy difficult. We sought to identify preoperative factors that would select patients for successful breast conservation.


Fifty-one patients with Paget's disease underwent surgical therapy between October 1998 and January 2010. Clinical presentation of Paget's disease, preoperative imaging, pathologic tumor characteristics, as well as surgical, radiation, and adjuvant therapies were reviewed.


Thirty-seven percent underwent breast conservation whereas 63% underwent mastectomy. Twelve patients presented with a palpable mass, and all were treated with mastectomy. Twenty-two patients underwent a mammogram, identifying extensive abnormality requiring mastectomy. Magnetic resonance imaging added to surgical planning in 52% of patients who participated in the study. None of our patients had a local/regional recurrence at 29 months of follow-up evaluation.


Paget's disease of the breast can be treated with breast conservation in a properly selected subset of patients. Successful breast conservation was achieved in patients without a palpable finding, a benign mammogram, and a normal magnetic resonance imaging scan.

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