Case Series: Auto-Amputation of the Breast in Patients with Advanced Breast Cancer

Solomon N Elenwo, Alex A Dimoko, Rex F Ijah

Abstract


Background: Breast auto-amputation has been reported in a few articles and it seems to be uncommon, with cases in literature reported in Israel, India, Turkey and South Africa. The aim is to report a case-series of observed breast auto-amputation in patients with advanced breast cancer between 2016 and 2019 at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.

Materials and Methods: Information was obtained from patients’ medical records.

Results: Three cases were presented. Case 1 was a 58year old female with histologic diagnosis of ductal carcinoma of the breast who defaulted for three years, represented in advanced stage, and latter had auto-amputation of the breast while on chemotherapy.

Conclusion: There appear to be an emerging need to emphasize on the dangers of delayed breast cancer treatment in favor of alternative care. Inability to afford conventional cancer care is a common denominator in this case-series.


Keywords


Breast cancer; Auto-amputation

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