Original communication| Volume 81, ISSUE 4, P421-425, April 1977

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Radiation-induced fibrosarcoma following treatment for breast cancer

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      A patient with radiation-induced fibrosarcoma following mastectomy and postoperative radiation for bilateral breast carcinoma is described. Only six such cases have been reported in the literature. In this patient erosion of the axillary artery produced massive hemorrhage, and emergency transthoracic ligation of the subclavian artery caused gangrene of the extremity and empyema and sepsis. Interscapulothoracic amputation not only was life-saving but offered the patient a reasonable chance for long-term, survival. Only aggressive surgical management can salvage a patient with radiation-induced sarcoma.
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