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Ductal carcinoma, the most common form of breast cancer, may be confined to the milk ducts (in situ or DCIS) or spread to surrounding tissue (invasive). Based on your type and stage of ductal carcinoma, our physicians offer personalized treatments.
Ductal carcinoma may cause lumps in your breast that can be painful or, if it has spread, cause swelling in the lymph nodes in your armpits. A mammogram can identify ductal carcinoma cells. Your physician may also use breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect cancer cells.
To diagnose your type of breast cancer, your doctor will also use a needle to take a sample of a few cancer cells out of your breast. Your doctor examines these cells to identify ductal carcinoma. Once diagnosed, your doctors will work with you to decide the most effective treatment options for you.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer
This rare, aggressive form of breast cancer can make your breast appear red and swollen. Because it looks like a breast infection, this cancer can be difficult to diagnose and can spread quickly. Our physicians provide expert diagnosis and innovative treatment of aggressive cancers like inflammatory breast cancer.
Inflammatory breast cancer appears more often in younger, African-American and overweight women. If you experience any symptoms like redness, heat or swelling in your breast, you should see a doctor immediately.
Your doctor will use imaging tests like mammograms or breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose breast cancer. Your doctor will also use a needle biopsy to remove a few cancer cells to study under a microscope.
Your treatment will depend on a variety of factors. You and your doctors will work together to make treatment decisions that will be most effective for you.
Lobular carcinoma affects the milk-producing glands in the breast. This less common type of cancer may not form a lump, making it difficult to diagnose. Our breast cancer experts offer comprehensive treatment for lobular carcinoma.
Lobular carcinoma doesn’t cause lumps in your breast, but can change the way your breasts feel. Parts of your breast may feel thicker or fuller. You may also notice changes in your nipples, such as an inverted nipple.
You may need a mammogram or breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose lobular carcinoma. Your doctor may also perform a needle biopsy to remove a few cancer cells and study them under a microscope.
Lobular carcinoma may be only in the breast (lobular carcinoma in situ) or have spread to other areas of the body (known as invasive lobular carcinoma). Your type and stage of lobular carcinoma determines what kind of treatment you will need. Your cancer care team will help you decide which treatments are right for you and your cancer.
Male Breast Cancer
Male breast cancer is a rare condition. However, men with breast cancer often have ductal carcinoma, which may spread quickly. Our physicians offer advanced care to stop the spread of cancer and prevent cancer from coming back.
Male breast cancer may be more likely if your family has a higher genetic risk for breast cancer or if you have had to take estrogen to treat another health condition.
Male breast cancer symptoms are similar to women’s breast cancer, including lumps, changes in breast tissue or skin or inverted nipples. Your doctor may use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose breast cancer.
Your doctor will work with you to determine the most effective treatment for you.
Metastatic Breast Cancer
Metastatic breast cancer (stage IV breast cancer) is cancer that has spread from the breasts into other areas of the body. Our physicians use aggressive treatments to help destroy cancer wherever it is located.
Any type of breast cancer can spread to other areas of the body. Breast cancer spreads when cancer cells get into the blood stream through the blood vessels or lymph nodes. Cancer cells can then travel to other areas of the body and begin growing there. Breast cancer is most likely to spread to the lungs, liver, bones or brain.
Early detection is vital to preventing cancer from spreading. To lower your risk for metastatic breast cancer, you should always attend your recommended mammograms.
Metastatic breast cancer can cause a large range of symptoms including bone pain, seizures, abdominal pain, jaundice, chest or abdominal pain, or chronic cough. You will show different symptoms depending on where the cancer has spread. You and your doctor will work together to create a personalized treatment plan for you.
Recurrence Breast Cancer
Recurrence breast cancer may be a new type of cancer or a return of the same cancer after your treatment is completed. It can affect your breast and lymph nodes or spread to other parts of your body. Our physicians use advanced treatment to stop recurrent cancers.
Any type of breast cancer can come back or recur, though some types of breast cancer are more likely to come back than others. For instance, if you have HER2+ positive breast cancer or cancer that has spread to other parts of your body, you may be at a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence.
You may notice the same symptoms of breast cancer you had before, or your doctor may diagnose the cancer during your routine follow-up appointments. If your cancer does recur, it is more likely to come back during the first five years after treatment, so it is important you attend all your follow-up scans and exams.