Noninvasive breast cancer is an early-stage tumor that can begin in the milk ducts (noninvasive ductal carcinoma) or the milk-producing lobules (noninvasive lobular carcinoma). This type of breast cancer is also known as stage 0 breast cancer. Even though cancer cells are growing, they haven’t reached nearby breast tissue, lymph nodes, or distant body sites.
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Screening & Symptoms of Stage 0 Breast Cancer
Stage 0 breast cancer rarely causes symptoms. Noninvasive lobular cancer may go undiagnosed, since there are usually no symptoms. Also, it may not show up on a mammogram and is commonly found during a biopsy for another type of breast cancer.
Noninvasive ductal carcinoma usually appears on a mammogram, a type of breast cancer screening. If your doctor notices signs of noninvasive breast cancer, he or she will recommend a biopsy to confirm or rule out breast cancer. Biopsy results will also reveal specific characteristics of the tumor, including the type, grade, and hormone receptor status.
Treating Noninvasive Breast Cancer at Dignity Health Central California
If the tumor is confined to the milk duct, surgery is the main treatment option. Through a lumpectomy or a mastectomy, your doctor will remove the tumor and any surrounding breast tissue. Radiation therapy usually follows surgery to remove any remaining cancer cells.
There’s no standard treatment for noninvasive lobular carcinoma. This condition is considered a warning sign for invasive breast cancer. As a preventative measure, you doctor may recommend surgery to reduce your risk of developing invasive breast cancer.
At Dignity Health Central California, you can expect to work with your doctor to choose a treatment that’s best for your spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Learn more about our personalized approach to treating breast cancer.
Experts at Dignity Health Central California offers compassionate treatment for noninvasive breast cancer in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.