Lobular carcinoma begins in the lobules, the sacs that produce breast milk. The tumor can remain in the sac (lobular carcinoma in situ or LCIS), or it can spread to nearby breast tissue (invasive lobular carcinoma). Lobular carcinoma often appears in both breasts.
Both invasive and LCIS are treatable breast cancers. With cutting-edge cancer centers, Dignity Health Central California hospitals are leaders in providing personal care for all types of cancer.
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Symptoms of Lobular Carcinoma
A distinctive symptom of invasive lobular carcinoma is a thickening or hardening of your breast. With other forms of breast cancer, the lump usually has well-defined edges.
Other symptoms may include:
- Inverted nipple
- Nipple discharge
- Changes in the size or shape of your breast and nipple
- Breast swelling
Usually, lobular carcinoma in situ doesn’t present any symptoms. However, signs of this type of cancer often appear on a mammogram. Schedule a cancer screening that can detect lobular carcinoma.
Treating Lobular Carcinoma at Dignity Health Central California
The treatment approach depends on whether the tumor is invasive or noninvasive. For lobular breast cancer that has spread outside of the lobules, surgery to remove the tumor is an effective option. Your doctor may recommend a lumpectomy to remove the tumor. If necessary, a mastectomy to remove your entire breast may be the best approach to ensure all of the cancer is gone.
Not everyone is a good candidate for surgery. Our other inclusive treatment options include:
- Targeted therapy
- Hormone therapy
Lobular cancer in situ is a precancerous condition. It is considered more a warning sign of cancer rather than a true type of breast cancer. Standard treatment options are usually not necessary. Your doctor may choose to monitor the tumor for changes and suggest treatment to prevent the tumor from spreading.
As you work with your doctor, you’ll learn the risks, benefits, and side effects of each treatment choice. For lobular cancer screening or treatment after a diagnosis, visit a cancer treatment center at Dignity Health Central California.
Dignity Health Central California provides personalized treatment for lobular cancer in Bakersfield, San Andreas, Merced, and Stockton, CA.