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Abstract | Full HTML Article | PDF ecancer 12 811 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2018.811

Case Report

Palliative hysterectomy for vaginal bleeding from breast cancer metastatic to the uterus

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States. With an increasing rate of survivorship and extended life span for patients with metastatic disease, the demand for palliative care is increasing. Although uncommon, metastases to gynaecologic organs have been reported and are often present with post-menopausal bleeding. Post-menopausal bleeding can become clinically significant and have a detrimental effect on quality of life. We report the case of a 70-year-old woman with symptomatic vaginal bleeding caused by breast cancer metastatic to her uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries. She was successfully treated with minimally invasive hysterectomy, resolving her vaginal bleeding and anemia and allowing her to resume chemotherapy.

Keywords: breast neoplasms, endometrium, uterine bleeding, hysterectomy, anaemia, palliative care

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