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Volume 4 Supplement 1

Symposium Mammographicum 2002

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Phylloides tumours: review of 42 cases


This is a review of 42 cases of phylloides tumours seen in the two breast units over a 5-year period (1996–2001). The importance of triple assessment and particularly correlation between radiology and cytology is shown.

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All patients with confirmed histology report of phylloides tumours were included in the study. The age range of patients was 23–76. One patient had bilateral phylloides tumour. Twenty-four patients had an R3 score and 36 patients had a U3 score. Thirty-seven patients had C3 score. Nineteen patients had core biopsy, which confirmed phylloides tumour. Four patients had B1 core and 14 patients preferred excision to core biopsy. Thirty-six patients had benign phylloides tumour and six patients had malignant phylloides.


Clinically, most of the benign phylloides were diagnosed as fibro-adenomas. However, as can be seen in the data above, many phylloides tumours do have a slightly atypical appearance either on radiology or cytology, or both. The multidisciplinary team reviewed all these patients before a decision for surgery was made and all histology was reviewed.


Triple assessment and multidisciplinary team approach is essential for all atypical radiology or cytology scores.

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Chandrasekharan, S., Macneill, F., Marsh, S. et al. Phylloides tumours: review of 42 cases. Breast Cancer Res 4 (Suppl 1), 70 (2002).

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