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The Different Types Of Breast Cancer Tumors

Feb 14, 2008
Breast cancers have various types, and knowledge on all of them is necessary for defining what treatment you need. Naturally, different types of breast cancers will have different causes, show different symptoms and will need different treatments than other types of breast cancer.

Breast cancer can either be invasive or non-invasive. Non-invasive breast cancers, also called in situ breast cancers, have a very high survival rate. Cancer cells in non-invasive breast cancers are confined to the site where the cancer originated, and have not spread to other organs. The most common non-invasive breast cancer is Ductal Carcinoma In Situ or DCIS, which develops in the breasts' milk ducts and does not metastasize. The best and easiest treatment for DCIS is mastectomy, and patients are cured fully, most of the times.

Sometimes, cancer cells break out from their originating site and, through blood and lymph vessels, start forming malignant tissues in other body parts. These type of cancers are called invasive breast cancers. Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and Invasive Lobular Carcinoma are the most common forms of invasive breast cancer.

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, or IDC, originates in the breast ducts, breaking through the duct lining, spreads to the breast tissue and can metastasize further from there. IDC is the most common form of breast cancer, accounting for almost 70 to 80 out of every hundred cancer cases. Invasive Lobular Carcinoma starts developing in the lobules of the breast that produce milk, and then comes out of there and spreads to other parts. Instead of a lump formation, there is thickening of the breast, usually, when a person develops Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.

Breast cancer cells can also originate in blood and lymph vessels of the breast, the breast tissue and the fibrous connective tissue, rather than just the ducts and lobules. These are uncommon types of cancer; however, due to the possible aggressive nature, knowing about them becomes imperative. They include Inflammatory breast cancer, angiosarcoma, osteosarcoma, metaplastic breast cancer, Paget's disease of the breast, and many others. It is also good to remember that sometimes, cancer can spread to the breast when the originating site is some other organ. This is not a type of breast cancer; another form of cancer has just metastasized to the breast.

Inflammatory breast cancer is very aggressive, and can originate and start developing cancer cells so rapidly, that within a week, the cancer becomes very advanced and dangerous. This is the reason it is important to know everything about these rare types; you just do not know for sure if they can attack you.

Invasive breast cancers are usually graded according to the semblance of the breast tissue compared to a normal breast tissue. Grades have three levels, from acceptable to worst, progressively. Grading helps determining treatments required and the urgency with which they're required. Grade I means the cells still have some normalcy; Grade III means cells are functioning abnormally and are physiologically degraded.

You should be well-informed about everything related to these cancers, that you know when a symptom suggests you might have breast cancer, when to seek medical advice, that the progress of your treatment is good or not, and all the measures necessary to ensure you stay healthy and get cured.
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