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Lobular Breast Cancer

Jul 19, 2008
About 1 in 10 breast cancers diagnosed (10%) are invasive lobular carcinoma. This means that the cancer is growing in the cells that line the lobules of the breast. Invasive lobular cancer can develop in women of any age. But is most common in women between 45 and 55 years old. It is possible for men to get invasive lobular breast cancer, but this is very rare.

The types of cancer vary in their prognosis and the way in which they present. Lobular carcinoma (in situ and invasive) will be discussed here. The term 'in situ' refers to pre-invasive breast cancer. This is breast cancer which has not yet penetrated ('invaded') through the basement membrane (the membrane at the base of the epithelial lining of ducts or glands). In situ carcinoma has the potential to become invasive carcinoma, and so is treated as an early form of breast cancer. In the left-hand image below, you can see how the normal cells which form the lobules of the breast might look. In lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS, the image to the right), the lobular cells have developed the ability to multiply out of control - one of the characteristics of cancer. The cancerous cells have not yet spread beyond the lining of the lobule. This is known as LCIS.

The outlook for invasive lobular breast cancer is much the same as for ductal breast cancer. Lobular breast cancer is not a more aggressive cancer, as is sometimes said. It is more common for it to be diagnosed in both breasts at the same time. And if you have invasive lobular breast cancer diagnosed in one breast, there is a slightly higher risk than there is for ductal breast cancer of getting it in the other breast in the future.

LCIS is usually diagnosed before menopause, most often between the ages of 40 and 50. Less than 10% of women diagnosed with LCIS have already gone through menopause. LCIS is extremely uncommon in men.

These are treatments given in addition to surgery and include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy. The aim of adjuvant treatment is to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back in the same breast (local recurrence), the opposite breast or elsewhere in the body.

Invasive lobular breast cancer can sometimes be found in more than one area within the breast. If this is the case, it may not be possible to remove just the area of the cancer. You may be asked to have a mastectomy. If at all possible, your breast surgeon will offer you the choice of mastectomy or lumpectomy and radiotherapy.
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