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Neurological complications of breast cancer

ByNeil E. Anderson

INTRODUCTION Breast cancer is a common malignancy with 10% of women developing the disease during their lifetime. Neurological complications occur frequently amongst patients with breast cancer. Metastases in the nervous system typically occur in patients with disseminated systemic malignancy, but the nervous system may be the first site of relapse after treatment of systemic disease. Metastases in the central and peripheral nervous systems usually carry a poor prognosis, but when breast cancer is the primary tumor, treatment is more likely to be beneficial.