Cancer that begins in the milk ducts of the breast is known as ductal carcinoma. This type of breast cancer can remain confined to the ducts (noninvasive ductal carcinoma or ductal carcinoma in situ). It can also spread to breast tissues or outside of your breasts (invasive ductal carcinoma, often shortened to IDC). Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer in women.
With several conveniently located cancer centers, Dignity Health Central California is dedicated to healing breast cancer. If you’re seeking personalized treatment or support for ductal carcinoma in Central California, turn to our oncology experts. Find a Doctor online to begin comprehensive care for ductal carcinoma:
Ductal Breast Cancer Symptoms
Noninvasive ductal carcinoma is an early stage of breast cancer, so often there are no symptoms. The best way to detect noninvasive ductal carcinoma is to have a quality screening.
The symptoms for invasive ductal carcinoma are usually more prominent. They include:
- A noticeable lump
- Pain or swelling of your breasts
- Nipple discharge
Learn more about our recommended cancer screenings that can detect ductal carcinoma.
Treating Ductal Breast Cancer at Dignity Health Central California
Surgery is the usual treatment for ductal carcinoma. Even if the tumor is still within the duct, removing the tumor is the best way to prevent it from growing.
Your doctor will either perform a lumpectomy or a mastectomy to remove the tumor and surrounding tissue. A lumpectomy is a breast-conserving surgery that removes the tumor and minimal surrounding tissue. A mastectomy removes the entire breast. If you’re a good candidate for a skin-sparing mastectomy, your doctor can perform a surgery that preserves most of your skin.
Talk to your doctor about all of your treatment options to learn which one is best for you.
Dignity Health Central California offers comprehensive oncology services for ductal carcinoma in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.