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Title: Pulmonary metastases: a rare manifestation of the most common cancer.
Austin Authors: Arulananda, Surein;Liew, Mun Sem;Battye, Shane;McDonald, Christine F ;Mitchell, Paul L R 
Affiliation: Joint Austin-Ludwig Oncology Unit, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 6-Jun-2012
Publication information: The Australasian Journal of Dermatology 2012; 54(3): e70-3
Abstract: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common human malignancy but rarely metastasises. We report on two patients with symptomatic lung metastases and a past history of recurrent BCC excisions. In our first patient, a heavy smoker with multiple lung lesions, histology of a resected nodule was first reported as non-small cell lung cancer but a repeat nodule biopsy a year later was recognised as a pulmonary metastasis from primary cutaneous BCC. Our second patient, a young never-smoker with two previous BCC, was confirmed as having a pulmonary metastasis from BCC on the lung resection specimen. Pulmonary metastasis from an unidentified primary site is a common clinical situation. These patients emphasise the importance of considering the most common cancer as a potential primary.
Gov't Doc #: 22672019
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.2012.00904.x
Journal: The Australasian journal of dermatology
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: basal cell carcinoma
non-small cell lung carcinoma
Carcinoma, Basal Cell.secondary.therapy
Fatal Outcome
Lung Neoplasms.drug therapy.secondary
Middle Aged
Neoplasm Recurrence, Local.pathology.therapy
Parotid Neoplasms.secondary.therapy
Skin Neoplasms.pathology.therapy
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