Breast lymphoma: A clinical and pathological review and 10-year treatment results

  • S Ariad
  • D Lewis
  • R Cohen
  • W.R. Bezwoda


Sixteen patients presenting with lymphoma involving the breast are described. Seven fulfilled the criteria for primary breast lymphoma, while the other 9 had evidence (sometimes only detected after extensive staging procedures) of concurrent lymphomatous involvement outside the breast. Histological diagnoses of the so-called primary breast lymphomas included 1 case of Hodgkin's disease and 6 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (including 2 with T-cell phenotypes). The patients with so-called secondary breast involvement included 8 with nonHodgkin's lymphoma and 1 with a plasmacytoma of the breast with concomitant myelomatous involvement of bone marrow. Among the non-Hodgkin's lymphomas involving the breast the whole range of histological subtypes from low-grade to high-grade lesions were seen. There was no subtype of lymphoma with a specific predilection for breast involvement. Expression of oestrogen receptor protein as determined by immunocytochemical investigation using specific monoclonal antibodies was uniformly negative in lymphoid cells of 11 patients studied. Most of the patients in this series were treated by chemotherapy with uniformly good local control of lymphomatous involvement of the breast and an outcome similar to that of lymphomas presenting at other body sites. It is concluded that the approach to lymphomas of the breast should be similar to that of the equivalent types presenting elsewhere.


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