Cutaneous angiosarcoma of breast after lumpectomy, axillary lymph node dissection, and radiotherapy for primary breast carcinoma: case report and review of the literature. Academic Article uri icon


  • Malignant neoplasms known to develop after external beam radiation include angiosarcoma. Although angiosarcoma developing in a lymphedematous arm after radical mastectomy is a well-known phenomenon, cutaneous angiosarcoma after radiotherapy for breast carcinoma has been rarely documented. Herein we present a case with cutaneous angiosarcoma that developed in a 69-year-old woman's breast 5 years after she underwent conservative treatment to the breast: lumpectomy, axillary lymph node dissection, and radiation therapy to the breast. The possible relation of the angiosarcoma to the initial radiotherapy, early diagnosis, and treatment is discussed.

publication date

  • January 1, 2002