Basal cell carcinoma does metastasize

Department of Surgery, University of California San Francisco, VA Medical Center San Francisco, California, USA.
Dermatology online journal 02/2008; 14(8):5.
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ABSTRACT Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) rarely metastasizes. However, this unfortunate outcome can occur, usually in neglected tumors. We report a 52-year-old man with a BCC on the left chest that enlarged and then ulcerated over a 6-year period. Metastasis of the tumor to lymph nodes in the left axilla resulted, but the patient remains free of disease 24 months after wide excision, lymph node dissection, and local radiation therapy to the axilla.

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