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I have invasive lobular carcinoma. What are my chances of complete recovery?

I have invasive lobular carcinoma. What are my chances of complete recovery?

Good: Lobular breast cancer is more frequently multifocal and bilateral than ductal carcinoma. However, with mastectomy (lumpectomy may not be sufficient) and sentinel lymph node biopsy, with follow-up hormone therapy and/or radiation should yield a good outcome, depending on the grade and stage of the cancer. Stage is most important, along with hormone receptor status. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I have invasive lobular carcinoma, stage 2b, grade 2, spread to 1 lymph-node. Estrogen + , her2 - should I consider genetic testing?

I have invasive lobular carcinoma, stage 2b, grade 2, spread to 1 lymph-node. Estrogen + , her2 - should I consider genetic testing?

Yes, please: Breast cancer at age 33 meets criteria for brca testing. The results may significantly impact one's surgical treatment decision (best to do before radiation therapy, since this would be unnecessary if one opts for mastectomy). That said, without any other risk factors, the statistical probability of being brca (+) is not that high. Please see a genetic counselor. ...Read more

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How is invasive lobular carcinoma (ilc) usually diagnosed?

How is invasive lobular carcinoma (ilc) usually diagnosed?

Biopsy: The only way to make a diagnosis of ilc is by biopsy (usually needle biopsy). The problem with ilc is that it often does not show up on a mammogram or sonogram until it is large or a lump can be felt. That is why the diagnosis of ilc is often made later than other types of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Is invasive lobular carcinoma the same as invasive ductal ca?

Is invasive lobular carcinoma the same as invasive ductal ca?

No: Although both are breast cancers they are different in the significance attached to them. Lobular carcinoma is more likely to be larger, lymph node positive and estrogen positive then invasive ductal. A study in the ann surg oncol. 2010 jul;17(7):1862-9. Epub 2010 feb 17 suggests that invasive lobular carcinoma has a better prognosis stage for stage than invasive ductal carcinoma. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of patients with invasive lobular carcinoma?

What is the survival rate of patients with invasive lobular carcinoma?

Stage-Dependent: Breast cancers are staged based upon the size of the cancer, lymph node or distant organ involvement, direct extension to the skin or chest wall muscles, and unique molecular features of the tumor. Published rates of 5-yr survival (http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-survival-by-stage) vary quite a bit based on these variables, between 15%-93%. ...Read more

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Is invasive lobular carcinoma the same as invasive ductal carcinoma?

Is invasive lobular carcinoma the same  as invasive ductal carcinoma?

Different: Lobular carcinoma is less common and often does not form a lump. Please see these sites for more information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/invasive-lobular-carcinoma/ds01063 http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328. ...Read more

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Is mastectomy good for an invasive & in situ lobular carcinoma, stage 1b, sbr grade 2, 8 mm in size with good margins except anterior margin 1.5mm ?

Is mastectomy good for an invasive & in situ lobular carcinoma, stage 1b, sbr grade 2, 8 mm in size with good margins except anterior margin 1.5mm ?

Concern: The 1.5mm margin anteriorly is the only margin that gives me concern. For patients undergoing lumpectomy, obtaining at least a 2mm margin is associated with a decreased risk of recurrence. It would not be usual practice to take you back to surgery for a re-excision of this margin, however. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a women with invasive lobular carcinoma breast feed?

Is it safe for a women with invasive lobular carcinoma breast feed?

Yes: I trust that you were treated for breast carcinoma and are now blessed with a child. Cancer is not transmitted through milk, though some other diseases, such as HIV can be. ...Read more

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Can women with invasive lobular carcinoma breast feed their babies?

Can women with invasive lobular carcinoma breast feed their babies?

Yes: Breast cancer cannot be transmitted to your baby in breast milk you are better off to treat your cancer sooner rather than continuing to breast feed your baby. ...Read more

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