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Multifocal or Multicentric Breast Cancer: Understanding Its Impact on Management and Treatment Outcomes

  • Julia L. Oh
Part of the Methods of Cancer Diagnosis, Therapy and Prognosis book series (HAYAT, volume 1)

Multifocality and multicentricity (MFMC) are frequently used descriptors to assess the extent of disease in patients presenting breast cancer. The presence of two or more foci of cancer within the same breast quadrant is defined as multifocal, while the presence of two or more foci of cancer in different quadrants of the same breast is defined as multicentric. The nomenclature is widely used to describe multiple tumors diagnosed clinically on physical examination, on breast imaging studies including mammogram, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or on pathologic analysis.

Keywords

Breast Cancer Locoregional Therapy Axillary Nodal Involvement Cancer Focus Unicentric Tumor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia L. Oh
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  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyThe University of Texas, M.D., Anderson Cancer CenterHouston

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