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Int Semin Surg Oncol. 2006 Jun 30;3:17.

Primary adenoid cystic carcinoma of the breast: case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Fairview Hospital, 18101 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH, USA. alaf73@yahoo.com

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Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) of the breast is a rare neoplasm accounting for 0.1% of all breast carcinomas, and presenting most commonly as a painful breast mass. In contrast to the aggressive nature of ACC at other sites, ACC of the breast has a favorable prognosis, lymph node involvement or distant metastases seldom occur. Treatment is basically of simple mastectomy. Chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal treatment have been infrequently used and evaluated. We report a case of ACC of the breast managed with mastectomy and review the literature.

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