Dr. Harness shares the treatments for invasive lobular carcinoma (a type of breast cancer that starts in the lobules of your breast, where milk is produced).
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What are the Treatments for Invasive Lobular Carcinoma? The treatments for invasive lobular carcinoma’s are virtually identical to the treatment of invasive ductal carcinoma. In other words, breast conservation works there and obviously mastectomy works there. Again, there are variety of types of invasive lobular carcinoma’s but here, we think that breast MRI’s are important to try and determine the external disease. One of the difficulties in doing breast conservation lumpectomy with invasive lobular is we get out what we think is a cancerous lump which we have. But because of those fine little tentacles of the way the cancer grows in the breast, a margins around the main tumor are positive. You have to take more and sometimes we have to stop and eventually removed a whole breast simply because of the pattern and the way it grows.