VSI dnMBC| Volume 22, ISSUE 1, P78-87, January 2022

De novo Metastatic Breast Cancer Arising in Young Women: Review of the Current Evidence

  • Benedetta Conte
    Department of Medical Oncology, Breast Unit, IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genoa, Italy
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  • Davide Soldato
    Predictive Biomarkers and New Therapeutic Strategies in Oncology, Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France

    Department of Medical Oncology, U.O. Clinica di Oncologia Medica, IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genoa, Italy
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  • Maria Grazia Razeti
    Department of Medical Oncology, U.O. Clinica di Oncologia Medica, IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genoa, Italy
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  • Piero Fregatti
    Department of Surgical Sciences and Integrated Diagnostic (DISC), University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy

    Breast Surgery Clinic, IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genoa, Italy
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  • Evandro de Azambuja
    Institut Jules Bordet and L'Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels, Belgium
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  • Francesco Schettini
    Translational Genomics and Targeted Therapies in Solid Tumors, August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS), Barcelona, Spain

    Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
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  • Aleix Prat
    Translational Genomics and Targeted Therapies in Solid Tumors, August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS), Barcelona, Spain

    Department of Medical Oncology, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

    Department of Medicine, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
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  • Lucia Del Mastro
    Department of Medical Oncology, Breast Unit, IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genoa, Italy

    Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties (DIMI), School of Medicine, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
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  • Matteo Lambertini
    Address for correspondence: Matteo Lambertini, MD PhD, Medical Oncology Department, U.O. Clinica di Oncologia Medica, IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, University of Genova, Largo Rosanna Benzi 10, 16132 Genova, Italy, Tel: +39 010 555 4254, Fax: +39 010 555 6536
    Department of Medical Oncology, U.O. Clinica di Oncologia Medica, IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genoa, Italy

    Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties (DIMI), School of Medicine, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
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Published:October 08, 2021DOI:


      Women with metastatic breast cancer remains a heterogeneous group of patients with different prognostic outcomes and therapeutic needs. Young women with de novo metastatic breast cancer (dnMBC) represent a peculiar population with respect to tumor biology, prognosis, clinical management and survivorship issues. Overall, these patients are able to attain long-term survival with a proper management of both primary tumor and distant metastases. On the other hand, they are also at higher risk of experiencing a deterioration in their quality of life (QoL) due to primary cancer-related side effects. Young women are also likely to harbor germline pathogenic variants in cancer predisposition genes which could affect treatment decisions and have a direct impact on the lives of patients’ relatives. The loco-regional management of the primary tumor represents another thorny subject, as the surgical approach has shown controversial effects on the survival and the QoL of these patients.
      This review aims to provide an update on these issues to better inform the clinical management of dnMBC in young women.


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