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A 22-year-old member asked:

Are there different types of breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: The type of breast cancer reflects the cells of origin within the breast and what these cancer cells look like under the microscope. Different types include ductal, lobular, medullary, tubular, and mucinous. These types do behave differently, so this information is important; however, the stage of the cancer better predicts prognosis.
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Yes w/ongoing evol.: Current thinking has identified different subtypes of breast cancer based on their cellular origin and genetic makeup - luminal (phenobarbital) a, luminal (phenobarbital) b, her2 overexpressing, and basal-like/triple negative. This is beginning to allowed more targetted therapy. Moving forward, molecular analysis and microarray genomic analysis may allow even more specificity.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Are there different types of breast cancer? How many different types of breast cancer are there?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
See below: Main types are non-invasive or invasive. Then there can be lobular or ductal forms of these non-invasive (in situ), or invasive cancers. There are then variations of hormone receptor positive or negative, her2/neu positive or negative, and then many variations of cell type, aggressiveness, and dna variations too.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What type of breast cancer do I have?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Check Path Report: Every breast cancer patient should request a copy of their pathology report for their records: the type of cancer will be written there. The most common is ductal, followed by lobular. Other rare types include medullary and tubular. The type of breast cancer each has unique characteristics but the stage remains more critical.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what type of breast cancer could this be?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You haven't included: Information about your symptoms. You can clarify and re-ask question. However, if you do have breast cancer - the only reliable course of action is to dialog with your doctor (s).
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there multiples types of cancer of the breast?

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Dr. John Rimmer
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: There are many different types if breast cancer based on differences in their appearance under the microscope and the cell receptors and genetics are also showing different types.The treatments are very similar though but the prognosis can be different. Your doctor should explain this to you.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How many different types of breast cancer are there?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Many types: There are many types and it depends on: where in the breast is starts, if it is invasive or not, etc. Here is a great explanation from the mayo clinic: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/breast-cancer/hq00348.

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