Case Report

Transcatheter Arterial Embolization for Controlling Severe Bleeding From Recurrent Locally-Advanced Breast Cancer


  • Şefika Aksoy
  • Bülent Akçe
  • Özgür Kılıçkesmez
  • Rıza Umar Gürsü
  • Mehmet Semih Çakır
  • Mehmet Ali Nazlı
  • Acar Aren

Received Date: 18.01.2016 Accepted Date: 01.02.2016 Eur J Breast Health 2016;12(3):137-140

One of the rare but most challenging issues in the management of the locally-advanced breast cancer (LABC) is life-threatening bleeding from the fungating and/or ulcerating focus (foci) of these tumors. Breast surgeons may need the assistance of interventional radiologists to solve this urgent condition if surgery cannot provide sufficient benefit. Herein, we report a case of recurrent locally-advanced breast cancer that presented with sudden severe bleeding, which was stopped by an interventional radiologist via transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE). In addition, we evaluate the role of interventional radiology in patients with breast cancer who present with bleeding from the breast by reviewing the relevant literature.

Keywords: Breast cancer, embolization, hemorrhage, interventional radiology