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Vol. 33, No. 11, 2010
Issue release date: November 2010
Onkologie 2010;33:613–615
Case Report · Kasuistik

Giant Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Breast Mimicking Paget’s Disease: Complete Remission after Photodynamic Therapy

Mikhaimer N.C.a · Kähler K.C.a · Schwarz T.a · Mundhenke C.b · Hauschild A.a
aKlinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie, bKlinik für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe, Mammazentrum, Campus Kiel, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany


Background: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) in the nipple area is extremely rare and can be mistaken for Paget’s disease. Case Report: A 47-year-old woman complained of a slowly growing, scaly erythematous plaque around her right nipple which had developed over several years. Paget’s disease of the breast was suspected. Biopsies revealed a superficial BCC. The maximum tumor thickness was measured as 1 mm. Considering the superficial character of the tumor, photodynamic therapy (PDT) as a non-invasive approach was performed. Complete remission (CR) with an excellent cosmetic result was achieved after 4 PDT sessions. In the follow-up, CR with no signs of a local recurrence was evident after more than 24 months. Conclusion: In similar superficial cases of BCCs, non-invasive procedures such as PDT can be discussed as an alternative option to radical surgery or radiotherapy, with an excellent aesthetic outcome in carefully selected cases.

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Dr. med. Nadia C. Mikhaimer, Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie, Campus Kiel, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Schittenhelmstr. 7, 24105 Kiel, Germany, Tel. +49 431 597-1512, Fax -1853,

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Published online: October 15, 2010
Number of Print Pages : 3

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Onkologie (International Journal for Cancer Research and Treatment)

Vol. 33, No. 11, Year 2010 (Cover Date: October 2010)

Journal Editor: Schmoll H.-J. (Halle/Saale)
ISSN: 0378-584X (Print), eISSN: 1423-0240 (Online)

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