Unusual Cutaneous Malignancies

Toni K. Choueiri, Thomas Olencki, Wolfram Samlowski, Scott Florell, Sancy Leachman, Martin Majer, Allison Vidimos

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Malignant tumors of the skin represent a large and complex spectrum. Basal and squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma, and cutaneous lymphoma, are common skin cancers with well-described clinical presentation, diagnostic considerations, and management. On the other hand, uncommon types of cutaneous cancers are mainly cited in the literature as case reports and their etiology, pathogenesis, prognosis, and treatment are speculative because of their rarity. This chapter deals with rare types of cutaneous malignancies, providing a background of epidemiological and clinical features, pathological diagnosis, and management for each of these malignancies. This discussion outlines tumors that are grouped according to the cell of origin. This includes rare tumors of the epidermis and epidermal appendages, cutaneous malignant soft tissue tumors (including fibrous and fibrohistiocytic tumors, vascular and perivascular tumors, and muscle and fat tumors), and neuroectodermal tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTextbook of Uncommon Cancer, Third Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0470012021, 9780470012024
StatePublished - Jul 11 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidermis and epidermal appendages
  • Fibrous and fibrohistiocytic tumors
  • Muscle and fat tumors
  • Neuroectodermal tumors
  • Rare skin tumors
  • Vascular and perivascular tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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