Not such a small diagnosis: Small cell carcinoma of the prostate

Abdul Rauf, Stephanie F. Smith, Rono Mukherjee, Nyla Nasir

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Small cell carcinoma (SCC) is an aggressive malignancy most commonly described in the lung. We present a case of a 61-year-old male who presented with a neck swelling and was subsequently found to have metastatic SCC of the prostate. Clinicians should be aware that it metastasizes early. Unlike conventional prostate adenocarcinoma, it is not a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) secreting tumor hence serum levels do not correlate with disease severity, and a low PSA reading may give false reassurance. In the future, further studies on genomic typing and novel targeted therapies may achieve better clinical outcomes for patients with this aggressive type of prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberrjaa117
JournalJournal of Surgical Case Reports
Issue number6
Early online date17 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

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