The use of breast conservation therapy in patients with collagen vascular disease is controversial. Initial reports demonstrated severe skin reactions in patients receiving radiotherapy who also had a diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus or sclerederma. However, a more recent case- control study found no increased incidence of complications in these patients compared to patients without collagen vascular disease. We report a case of a patient diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus after developing a severe skin reaction early during her course of breast radiotherapy. The clinical course of the patient is reviewed along with the controversies surrounding this clinical dilemna.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Radiology and Oncology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1998|
- Breast neoplasms-radiotherapy
- Lupus erythematosus, systemic