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J Cancer Res Ther. 2009 Jan-Mar;5(1):46-8.

Hypercalcemia and treated breast cancers: the diagnostic dilemma.

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Depatment of Head and Neck Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr. Ernest Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, India. drvishalrao@yahoo.com

Abstract

The relationship of hypercalcemia with cancer is well described in the literature. Breast cancer is the commonest malignancy associated with hypercalcemia; the detection of hypercalcemia in these patients usually signifies metastatic disease and is associated with a poor prognosis. However, the treating oncologist should keep in mind that a strong correlation exists between breast cancer and primary hyperparathyroidism. We present a case of a patient of treated breast cancer who, in the absence of metastatic bone disease, developed hypercalcemia due to hyperparathyroidism secondary to a parathyroid adenoma.

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