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A 46-year-old member asked:

How fast could invasive ductal carcinoma metastasis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Highly Variable: The risk of breast cancer growing outside of the breast is most dependent on the aggressiveness of the cancer and the stage at diagnosis; it is less related to the type of breast cancer (ductal, lobular, etc). While metastatic disease may be present at the time of diagnosis, a majority of breast cancer patients never develop metastases.
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 18 years experience
It depends...: ...On many things. The longer the disease is present, the higher the likelihood of metastasis. Tumor behavior is predicted by a number of factors, including tumor size, grade, receptor expression and tumor genetics (among others). In summary, invasive ductal carcinoma, by the nature of its invasiveness, can metastasize at any time and may already be metastatic at time of diagnosis.
Dr. Marianna Post
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: Depends on size, grade, location, receptors and many other conditions.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How fast does invasive ductal carcinoma begin metastasis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Variable: It is well-established that cancer survival is related to timing of diagnosis, however, it's not that simple. Some aggressive cancers may spread very early and others may never regardless of timing. Furthermore, one's overall health (and immune system) may play a major role. Thankfully, most breast cancers are curable.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How fast does invasive ductal carcinoma develop metastasis?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Can be quick, but: Could be years or never. You do not mention: size; stage, nodes + or -, age, receptor status (er, pr, her-2-neu). Breast cancer treatment can effect chance of relapse. I find the questions about speed odd...The true answer is we do not know in an individual what will happen, and rely on group statistics to frame what we tell patients. I emphasize, that individual may not behave like a group.
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