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J Indian Med Assoc. 2012 Apr;110(4):242-4.

Usefulness of serum CA-15.3 in the management of benign breast lesion.

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Department of Surgery, Medical College, Kolkata 700073.


Benign breast lesion is an important risk factor for breast cancer and elevated CA-15.3 in serum is a well established marker of breast cancer. Core-needle biopsy is now the method of choice to sample non-palpable mammographic abnormality and as well as clinically palpable lesion. To asses relationship of serum CA-15.3 with different histologic entities of benign breast lesion and usefulness of this marker in predicting breast cancer in this high risk group, a study was conducted among 140 patients who had a diagnosis of benign breast lesion and malignancy following fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) at department of surgery, Medical College, Kolkata between 2007 and 2009. We prospectively estimated serum CA-15.3 level in all patients. Different histologic entities of benign breast lesion, who showed serum CA-15.3 level >30U/ml underwent tru-cut biopsy to detect malignancy. Of 140 patients studied, 50 were stamped as malignancy and 90 as benign after FNAC of which 20 patients had fibroadenoma, 25 had fibro-adenoma with fibrocystic disease, 20 had fibrocystic disease with epitheliosis and 25 had fibrocystic disease with atypia. All breast cancer patients and 10 each from fibro-adenoma with fibrocystic disease, fibrocystic disease with epitheliosis and fibrocystic disease with atypia had serum CA -15.3 level>30U/ml. Thirty patients with benign breast lesion who had raised CA-15.3 underwent core-needle biopsy. Fifteen patients were detected to have intraductal carcinoma, mostly with fibrocystic disease with atypia. Clinical applicability of serum CA-15.3 to detect breast cancer should be strongly considered in management of patients with benign breast lesion and tru-cut biopsy than FNAC be done before benign breast lesion being stamped as benign. Biopsy results that are not concordant with the targeted lesion require surgical biopsy.

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