Breast malignant, males, children
Carcinoma subtypes
Carcinoma subtypes - general

Author: Monika Roychowdhury, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 17 May 2018, last major update February 2012

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Definition / general
Positive stains
Molecular / cytogenetics description
  • DNA microarray profiling studies have divided invasive breast carcinoma into molecular subtypes: luminal A (ER+, HER2–), luminal B (ER+, HER2+), HER2 positive (ER–, HER2+), normal breast-like (ER+, PR+, HER2–) and basal-like (ER–, HER2–, EGFR+ or cytokeratin 5 / 6+)
  • Most histologic subtypes other than lobular and apocrine belong to only one molecular subtype (J Pathol 2008;216:141)
  • By hierarchical clustering analysis, some histological subtypes types appear to be discrete entities (micropapillary carcinoma), but others appear similar to each other (tubular and lobular)
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