Orthognathic surgery during breast cancer treatment—A case report

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Introduction In recent years, patients with orthognathic surgery in middle-aged and elderly people have come to be a more frequent occurrence. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in woman worldwide, and its prevalence rate is steadily increasing. Presentation of case We report a case of a 47-year-old Japanese woman in whom left-side breast cancer (Stage 1) was unexpectedly found just before orthognathic surgery in April 2012. Breast-conserving surgery was performed (estrogen receptor+, progesterone receptor+, HER2 −, surgical margin+, sentinel lymph node +) that May. From June to August docetaxel (75 mg/m2) and cyclophosphamide (600 mg/m2) were administrated four times every 21 days and thereafter radiotherapy (total 60 Gy) was completed. The cancer surgeon declared the prognosis good and the patient had a strong desire to undergo orthognathic surgery, so in November we performed a bimaxillary osteotomy, and administration of tamoxifen began 6 weeks after the osteotomy. Discussion There are breast cancer cases in which the prognosis is sufficiently good for a planned orthognathic surgery to proceed. Good communication among surgeons and the patient is important. Conclusion We experienced a case in which breast cancer was found just before the orthognathic surgery; we performed a bimaxillary osteotomy, including follow-up tamoxifen administration, during breast cancer treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-34
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Breast cancer
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Tamoxifen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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