Invasive Breast Carcinoma
Invasive breast cancer refers to a group of different types of breast cancers that have the ability to invade surrounding tissue and possibly spread to body sites away from the breast.
Diagnosis of Invasive Breast Carcinoma
Many invasive breast cancers are detected on mammograms and ultrasounds. Occasionally, they are detected during a breast exam when a lump is felt. The diagnosis is made on biopsy either using image-guided needle biopsy or excisional biopsy. More than 80 percent of invasive carcinomas of the breast originate in the milk ducts.
Treatment of Invasive Breast Carcinoma
At Mercy Health System, we use the latest genetic, microscopic, and analytical tools to treat the individual patient, specific to their own unique cancer.
Treatment for invasive breast cancer included both treatment of the breast and treatment of the body. The breast can be treated with lumpectomy, taking just the cancer and preserving the breast, mastectomy, and radiation. A mastectomy can be done with or without reconstruction that is often started at initial surgery. At the same time surgery is performed on the breast, the lymph nodes in the arm may also be tested with a sentinel node biopsy allowing the doctor to see if the cancer has spread.
Treatment of the body includes chemotherapy, hormonal/endocrine therapy, and targeted agents that are used to treat any cancer cell which may have left the breast. As advances are made, we are able to continue to offer patients treatments that increase survival as well as decrease the risk of recurrence.