Fast Five Quiz: Unusual Breast Cancer Presentations

Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Maurie Markman, MD


March 26, 2020

EGD can be used to visualize the source of symptoms in patients with breast cancer who present with new-onset epigastric pain, dyspepsia, and decreased appetite, which may indicate a benign or malignant etiology.

Both barium studies and CT are nonspecific and may not be useful in differentiating between metastatic breast cancer and primary gastric cancer.

Although PET-CT is specific for detecting metastatic disease, both gastric carcinoma and metastatic breast carcinoma can produce positive results, and tissue biopsy is required for diagnosis.

Read more about gastric carcinomas.


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