Invasive breast cancer type can either be ductal or lobular. Both types are classified according to its origin, shape, location and aggressiveness.
Ductal and lobular carcinomas are deadly because of their aggressive nature.
Understanding the differences between these two specific types is crucial in the proper prevention and treatment of the disease.
Chemotherapy or surgery are usually the first options your doctor will recommend for infiltrating ductal or lobular carcinoma.
This tumor is also known as IDC. It starts to grow in the milk ducts and invades the nearby healthy fat tissues in your breasts. It is the most common carcinoma accounting for about 80% of diagnosed cases.
The cancerous cells in ID carcinoma look like either stars or rounded. The abnormal cells start in your milk ducts and invade the surrounding fatty or connective tissues.
The malignant tumor can travel to your lymph nodes. Because of its infiltrating nature, it can also spread to other organs of your body by entering your bloodstream. If your cancerous cells look like stars, you have a poorer chance of surviving the IDC type.
There are four other IDC types which are rare. These are:
1. Medullary ductal carcinoma accounts for 5% of cases. It is most common and most frequent in women in their late 40s to 50s. It is one of the rare types of tumor.
2. Tubular ductal carcinoma is also invasive but is not common. In fact, it accounts only for 1 to 2% of diagnosed cases. It typically occurs in women in their 50s or above. A woman diagnosed with the tubular type has a survival rate of 95%.
3. Mucinous ductal carcinoma is another rare but invasive ductal breast cancer type. Only 2 in 100 diagnosed cases are mucinous cancers.
4. Papillary ductal carcinoma commonly develops among women between the age of 50 and above. The cancerous cells resemble small fingers. Although it is an aggressive breast cancer type, this is treated the same way as the ductal carcinoma in-situ.
This particular tumor is also known as ILC. Cancerous cells begin in the milk glands of your breasts and just like the IDC type, the invasive lobular carcinoma also invades neighboring tissues and spreads to other parts of your body.
Infiltrating lobular carcinoma is less common than IDC as it accounts only for 5 - 10% of diagnosed cases. Any woman regardless of age can get ILC. However, among the different types of breast cancer, the lobular type is most typical among women between 45 and 55 years of age.
For the invasive type of tumor, a lump is not the general first symptom. This is regardless if it's ductal or lobular. Thus, it is important that you examine your breasts regularly for unusual hardening of the part above your nipple. What about swelling? If you notice swelling, get a check-up as soon as possible because it is one of the crucial inflammatory breast tumor symptoms. The inflammatory type needs to be treated immediately.
Age used to be a major risk factor. The tumor normally develops among older women. However, the invasive type is now diagnosed more among younger women. The most important risk for the ILC and the IDC is your kind of lifestyle. Younger women drink, smoke and eat more fastfood than home-cooked meals. They are also under so much stress from juggling their careers and personal lives.
The invasive lobular carcinoma is harder to diagnose than the ductal type because the tumor can't be found by a mammogram. You have to be aware what signs to look out for. A lump is the usual first sign but it's not always present for the invasive ductal and lobular types. My co-worker who died of the invasive type in January 2012 noticed a tiny rash that worsened and never healed. It was too late when she was diagnosed.
Your doctor will recommend aggressive treatment because of the nature of this particular type of tumor. Chemotherapy is one of the first IBC treatments. Your doctor will also consider surgery with radiation.
You should be proactive when it comes to your treatment. Your doctor may know more but you should discuss all the breast cancer treatment options available with each other.
Both invasive lobular or ductal breast cancer types can be prevented by deciding to eat like a Mediterranean. Choosing organic foods over the conventional ones is also another smart move towards prevention. Why are organic foods better? Well, for one, meat from animals grown conventionally have hormone residues, which can increase your risk for hormone-related cancers such as the invasive malignancies affecting your breasts. Olive Oil benefits includes prevention of this type of tumor.
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