Types of Breast Cancer


Ductal Carcinoma; is one of the most common types of breast cancer making up some 70 to 80% of all breast cancers. This type is sub divided into Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS) and Infiltrative Ductal Carcinoma.

DCIS is where the cancer cell complex is contained within the wall of the ducts within the breast. It is generally curable with a much lower risk of having spread to the lymph glands. It has become more common since screening has improved and early detection is achieved. Usually treated with localised surgery and possibly including radiotherapy, and Tamoxifan. A full mastectomy may be required if it is found in more than one location, and or if, the patient requires greater confidence.

Infiltrative Ductal Carcinoma; is where the cancer has spread, (metastasis), to other parts of the body or simply extended through the ductal wall. This type of breast cancer is usually treated with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy. Hormone Therapy or Biological Therapy or a combination drug may be used.

Lobular Carcinoma In-Situ; is not a cancer. This is always benign and most patients found with this condition will be given no treatment and will not develop cancer in future years. A watchful eye is kept on the condition to monitor any change.

Invasive Lobular Carcinoma; makes up 10% of all types of breast cancer and usually occurs in the age range of 45 to 55 years. It is often seen or felt as a thickened area and not seen as a lump or on the mammogram. Treatment is the same as that for Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer; is a fairly rare type of breast cancer making up only 1 to 2% of all types of breast cancer. Signs include ridges or thickening of the skin, a pitted orange peel effect sometimes a lump or inverted nipple. Itching, swelling, colour change, warm to touch / hot. A sudden swelling or increase in cup size in a few days. Firm and hard to the touch. Pain, ache or stabbing, nipple colour change and discharge sometimes with blood.

Because the signs can be mistaken for other problems mis-diagnosis is common and you may need to persist with your GP for further assessment.

Treatment of this type of breast cancer starts with chemotherapy (neo-adjuvant chemo) to control the spread and swelling. This is usually followed by surgery, a mastectomy is most common and then radiotherapy and hormone therapy will usually follow.

Pagets Disease; This type of breast cancer often starts with red scaly rash that is itchy and as a result can bleed, ulcerate and scab over. It is like eczema and is often treated first for that condition. Pagets disease occurs in 1 to 2% of all Breast Cancers.

Identification and treatment of the disease will start with a biopsy of the skin tissue and a mammogram. 50% are found to have a lump behind the nipple, 40% are found to have Pagets or Invasive Carcinoma and 60 % are Carcinoma In-Situ. The latter may only need monitoring once other conditions are controlled.

Pagets or Invasive Carcinoma is treated first with surgery followed by radiotherapy and a mix of chemotherapy, hormone therapy and or biological therapy. The exact treatment will depend on the results from surgery.

Surgery may be localised and include lymph biopsy to check for spread. A mastectomy is common due to cells being abnormal and the possible development into an invasive carcinoma, also breast reconstruction is often better if the whole breast is removed. The central location makes reconstruction complex.

Generally there is a 66% chance of lymph nodes being infected if there is a lump and just an 8% chance with no lump.






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