International Cancer Conference Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 55–59 | Cite as

A case of premenopausal breast cancer with symptomatic cerebellar metastasis successfully treated by systemic endocrine therapy alone: relationship to biological features

  • Yoshitaka Fujiki
  • Yutaka Yamamoto
  • Mutsuko Yamamoto-Ibusuki
  • Lisa Goto
  • Takashi Takeshita
  • Hirotaka Iwase
Case report


We report a case of premenopausal breast cancer with symptomatic cerebellar metastasis successfully treated by systemic endocrine therapy alone. The patient developed dysarthria, headache, lightheadedness and became difficult to write gradually. The cerebellar tumor was detected by computed tomography (CT) and was suspected hemangioma or hemangioblastoma. The tumor was resected and histologically diagnosed as poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. A whole body CT scan revealed a right thyroid tumor and left breast tumor. Core needle biopsy of the breast tumor histologically diagnosed the tumor as estrogen receptor positive, progesterone receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative, and Ki-67 labeling index 5%. After these examinations, histologically, the resected cerebellar tumor showed the same subtype as the breast tumor, so the final diagnosis was metastatic breast cancer with cerebellar metastasis. The patient subsequently received radiotherapy with the CyberKnife and endocrine therapy without resection of the thyroid tumor. Her medical condition has maintained a good response and stable disease for 7.5 years after the start of treatment. Analysis of four ESR1 mutations showed no mutations in the cerebellar metastatic lesion and breast cancer tissue. Our findings show that these tumors have high hormone responsiveness.


Breast cancer Brain metastasis ESR1 


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Conflict of interest

Yutaka Yamamoto received lecture fees from Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Hirotaka Iwase received lecture fees and research funding from AstraZeneca and Takeda Co., Ltd. Other authors have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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© The Japan Society of Clinical Oncology 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshitaka Fujiki
    • 1
  • Yutaka Yamamoto
    • 1
  • Mutsuko Yamamoto-Ibusuki
    • 2
  • Lisa Goto
    • 1
  • Takashi Takeshita
    • 1
  • Hirotaka Iwase
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Breast and Endocrine SurgeryKumamoto University Graduate School of Medical SciencesKumamotoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Molecular-Targeting Therapy for Breast CancerKumamoto University HospitalKumamotoJapan

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