Original Article

Characteristics of Special Type Breast Tumors in Our Center


  • Tonguç Utku Yılmaz
  • Levent Trabzonlu
  • Sertaç Ata Güler
  • Mehmet Ali Baran
  • Gökhan Pösteki
  • Cengiz Erçin
  • Zafer Utkan

Received Date: 24.07.2016 Accepted Date: 06.07.2017 Eur J Breast Health 2018;14(1):17-22


Breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease with different histological types. Ductal breast cancer constitutes the vast majority of the breast cancers. However limited data are present in the rest of breast cancers called special or rare type breast cancers. Here in this study, we tried to describe the clinical features of special type breast cancers in our center.

Materials and Methods:

Retrospective descriptive study was performed in Kocaeli University School of Medicine, Department of General Surgery between January 2000 and January 2016. Women diagnosed with primary breast cancer other than ductal carcinoma were included to the study. In total, 101 patients were evaluated according to histologic types, molecular types, Tumor Node Metastasis (TNM) stages, and grades. Survival of the patients was also evaluated.


Medullary and metaplastic types showed basal type; tubular, mucinous, micropapillary carcinoma, cribriform, lobular and apocrine tumors showed luminal type molecular pattern. Neither the existence of ductal carcinoma nor any histologic types had any effects on survival. Apocrine tumors were presented in younger ages.


Histologic types of breast cancer are closely related with the molecular types of the breast cancer. Tumor size, grade, stage of the disease can show differences among histological types which might be due to the genetic background, late onset or limited number of patients. In order to achieve more significant results, multicenter national studies are needed.

Keywords: Breast carcinoma, histological tumor type, molecular classification, rare tumors