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Table 1 Characteristics of breast cancer patients with metastases to thyroid in a clinical series

From: It is no longer the time to disregard thyroid metastases from breast cancer: a case report and review of the literature

Authors Study yrs No of pts Sex Age Histology Primary treatment Treatment failure Local Distant Time between BC diagnosis and thyroid metastasis Follow-up
Shimaoka K et al. 1962 [9] 1955 1 F 44 carcinoma CT no LN, bone, liver, skin, CNS 5 yrs 4 months
Wychulis AR et al., 1964 [14] 1907–1962 3 F 38 adenocarcinoma S no lung, bone 13 yrs 4 yrs. died of the disease
F 51 adenocarcinoma S + RT Yes NR 3 yrs 5 months lost to FU
F 51 adenocarcinoma S + RT NR NR Synchronous (0 months) 1 yr. lost to FU
Harcourt-Webster JN, 1965 [15]   2 F 56 adenocarcinoma S no liver, bone   
F 50 adenocarcinoma S     
Pillay SP et al., 1977 [29] 1974–1976 2 F 58 adenocarcinoma   no yes   
F 58       
Nakhjavani MK et al. 1997 [5] 1985–1994 7 F 67 adenocarcinoma NR NR NR from 2 months to 22 yrs 3 patients < 3 months 4 pts. 3–23 months
Chung SY et al., 2001 [17] 1995–2000 6 F 49 NR   No lung, bone   
F 61     lung   
F 51     lung, bone, liver   
F 32     lung, liver   
F F 22 33     bone, peritoneum lung   
De Ridder M et al. 2003 [13] 1982–2002 1    NR HT No no 0 months Died after 2 years for disseminated disease
Loo CK, Burchett IJ, 2003 [18]   1 F 52 neuroendocrine carcinoma HT No bone 8 yrs  
Wood K et al., 2004 [3] 1985–2002 1 F 72 adenocarcinoma   No no 15 yrs 36 months alive
Owens CL et al., 2005 [19] 2005 1 F 64 NR   No shoulder subcutaneous nodule, liver 5 yrs  
Kim TY et al. 2005 [10] 1997–2003 5 F 36 ductal CT No Neck LN, lung 18 months 6 months alive
F 34 ductal CT   lung, ax LN, scal 25 months 17 months alive
F 44 ductal CT   Nil 37 months 4 months alive
F 55 ductal CT   lung, ax LN, neck 68 months 26 months alive
F 45 ductal CT   Neck LN, lung, bone 85 months 8 months alive
Gerges AS et al. 2006 [8] 1989–2004 1 F 45 ductal S + CT + RT No bone 63 months 37 months alive post-thyroidectomy
Cichon A et al., 2006 [2] 1984–2003 1 F 50   S No no 10 yrs 24 months alive
Molina Garrido MJ et al., 2006 [11] 2005 1 F 43 NR mastectomy, lymphadenectomy CT + RT No lung, liver 30 months 1 month
Papi G et al., 2007 [6] 1993–2003 5 F   ductal   No no   5 yrs. 1 alive
F   NR      
F   NR      
F   NR      
F   NR      
Calzolari F et al., 2008 [4] 1995–2005 1 F   NR   No no   60 months died of the r disease
Saber A et al. 2007 [20] NR 1 F   NR S + CT NR no 60 (range: 13–135 months)  
Egaña N et al., 2012 [12] 2007 1 F 83 NR mastectomy, lymphadenectomy HT No bone, liver and pelvic mass 3 yrs 1 month
Current report 2011 1 F 64 ILC S + CT + RT No bone 6 months 18 months alive
  1. F female, CT chemotherapy, FU follow-up, LN nodes, yrs. years, HT hormonal treatment, S surgery, RT radiotherapy, NR not reported, ILC infiltrating lobular carcinoma, CNS Central Nervous System