Metastatic Basal Cell Carcinoma: Report of Two Cases and Literature Review

Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Journal of Cutaneous Maedicine and Surgery (Impact Factor: 0.94). 02/2005; 9(1):10-5. DOI: 10.1007/s10227-005-0027-1
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Metastatic basal cell carcinoma (MBCC) is defined as primary cutaneous basal cell carcinoma (BCC) that spreads to distant sites as histologically similar metastatic deposits of BCC. There are less than 300 reported cases of MBCC in the literature.
This article examines two cases of MBCC and provides a literature review of risk factors inherent in epidemiology, patient demographics, and the clinicohistopathological characteristics of primary and metastatic BCC lesions.
MBCC is a rare complication of BCC with high morbidity and mortality rates. Patients with MBCC often begin with long-standing primary BCC lesions that are either large or recurrent after treatment. Cases of MBCC have a higher incidence of the more aggressive histologic patterns (morpheic, infiltrating, metatypical, and basosquamous). Perineural space invasion may be an indicator of aggressive disease. Metastases often involve regional lymph nodes, lungs, bone, and skin.
These case reports and review provide important diagnostic and management considerations for primary BCC and MBCC. Early intervention with aggressive treatment measures may improve the prognosis and survival of MBCC patients.

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    • "In the Netherlands , the lifetime risk of developing a BCC is one in every 5–6 persons [2]. The disease related mortality is very low due to the low rates of metastatic disease [3]. However, morbidity can be high due to local tissue destruction, especially since most tumours occur in functional areas such as the head and neck [4]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of cancer among Caucasians and its incidence continues to rise. Surgical excision (SE) is considered standard treatment, though randomised trials with long-term follow-up are rare. We now report the long-term results of a randomised trial comparing surgical excision with Mohs' micrographic surgery (MMS) for facial BCC. Methods: 408 facial, high risk (diameter at least 1cm, H-zone location or aggressive histological subtype) primary BCCs (pBCCs) and 204 facial recurrent BCCs (rBCCs) were randomly allocated to treatment with either SE or MMS between 5th October 1999 and 27th February 2002. The primary outcome was recurrence of carcinoma. A modified intention to treat analysis was performed. Findings: For primary BCC, the 10-year cumulative probabilities of recurrence were 4.4% after MMS and 12.2% after SE (Log-rank test χ(2) 2.704, p=0.100). For recurrent BCC, cumulative 10-year recurrence probabilities were 3.9% and 13.5% for MMS and SE, respectively (Log-rank χ(2) 5.166, p=0.023). A substantial proportion of recurrences occurred after more than 5years post-treatment: 56% for pBCC and 14% for rBCC. Interpretation: Fewer recurrences occurred after treatment of high risk facial BCC with MMS compared to treatment with SE. The proportion of recurrences occurring more than 5years post-treatment was especially high for pBCC, stressing the need for long-term follow-up in patients with high risk facial pBCC.
    European journal of cancer (Oxford, England: 1990) 09/2014; 50(17). DOI:10.1016/j.ejca.2014.08.018 · 5.42 Impact Factor
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    • "These are the criteria needed for the true diagnosis of MBCC (Soleymani et al., 2008). Metastases occur in males and females in a 2:1 ratio, most often involving dissemination to regional lymph nodes and hematogenous spread to lungs, bone, and skin (Ting et al., 2005). "

    Skin Cancer Overview, 12/2011; , ISBN: 978-953-307-746-8
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    • "BCCs tend to occur in areas of chronic sun exposure and therefore a large proportion, around 74%, occurs on the head and neck [3]. Although BCCs are usually slow growing and rarely metastasize [7], local destruction, and disfigurement may occur if left untreated or if incompletely removed [8]. Management is dependent upon a variety of factors, including the location of the lesion, the patient's age, comorbidities and the type of tumour involved. "
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    ABSTRACT: Basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) are locally destructive malignancies of the skin. They are the most common type of cancer in the western world. The lifetime incidence may be up to 39%. UV exposure is the most common risk factor. The majority of these tumours occur on the head and neck. Despite BCCs being relatively indolent the high incidence means that their treatment now contributes a significant and increasing workload for the health service. A good understanding of the options available is important. Management decisions may be influenced by various factors including the patient's age and comorbidities and the lesion subtype and location. Due to the importance of a good cosmetic and curative outcome for facial BCCs treatment decisions may differ significantly to those that would be made for BCCs arising elsewhere. There is little good randomized controlled data available comparing treatment modalities. Although traditionally standard excision has been the treatment of choice various other options are available including: Mohs micrographic surgery, curettage and cautery, cryosurgery, radiotherapy, topical imiquimod, photodynamic therapy and topical 5-fluorouracil. We discuss and review the literature and evidence base for the treatment options that are currently available for facial BCCs.
    04/2011; 2011(2):380371. DOI:10.1155/2011/380371
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