Invasive breast cancer refers to a tumor that has spread from its site of origin to nearby breast tissue. This type of cancer can also reach lymph nodes and distant organs. Invasive breast cancer can begin in the milk ducts (invasive ductal carcinoma or IDC), or in the sacs that produce breast milk (invasive lobular carcinoma).
Oncologists at Dignity Health Central California are experts in diagnosing your type and stage of breast cancer. We offer compassionate treatment for both types of invasive breast cancer in Central California. Find a Doctor near you who’s dedicated to healing cancer with humankindness.
Symptoms of Invasive Breast Cancer
Invasive ductal carcinoma shares the same symptoms as most types of breast cancer. However, a distinctive symptom of invasive lobular carcinoma is a hardening or thickening of the breast.
Other common symptoms of both type of invasive breast cancer include:
- Breast swelling
- Skin changes of your breast or nipple
- Inverted nipple
- Nipple discharge that isn’t breast milk
Other noncancerous conditions, such as breast cysts, have these symptoms as well. Always tell your doctor about any changes to your breast for a prompt evaluation and diagnosis. Ask your doctor about our screening services that detect breast cancer before symptoms develop.
Treatment for Invasive Breast Cancer at Dignity Health Central California
Even when breast cancer is invasive, the first approach is identifying the cancer’s stage. The stage of the tumor tells your doctor its unique characteristics, such as how well the tumor will respond to each type of treatment.
With cancer treatment centers throughout Central California, we conveniently offer the following types of breast cancer treatment:
- Systemic drugs that kill cancer cells throughout your body
- Surgery to remove the tumor
- Targeted therapy to precisely apply cancer-killing drugs
- Hormone therapy to kill breast cancers that grow in response to hormones
Our goal is to provide personalized treatment that meets your treatment goals while healing your entire well-being. Throughout the treatment process, you’ll play an important role in deciding on a treatment. For breast cancer care that’s guided by the philosophy of dignity and respect, rely on the oncology services at Dignity Health Central California.
Dignity Health Central California offers diverse treatment plans for invasive breast cancer in Bakersfield, San Andreas, Merced, and Stockton, CA.