Breast cancer that begins in the breast’s milk ducts is ductal carcinoma. There are two types of ductal carcinoma — noninvasive (ductal carcinoma in situ) and invasive. Noninvasive ductal carcinoma is also known as stage 0 breast cancer because it hasn’t spread to other areas in the breast. Invasive ductal carcinoma has spread outside of the ducts and to breast tissue or possibly outside the breast.
Although about 80 percent of ductal carcinomas are invasive, they are still treatable. Ductal carcinoma can be detected with regular cancer screenings. As part of our commitment to comprehensive cancer care, we offer preventive care and support for cases of ductal carcinoma in Northern California.
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Diagnosing Ductal Carcinoma
Invasive carcinoma causes typical breast cancer symptoms, including skin or nipple changes, pain, and swelling.
Noninvasive ductal carcinoma rarely causes symptoms or noticeable changes. That’s why it’s important to have a mammogram, which can detect tiny tumors too small to feel with your hand. If these small tumors, often called microcalcifications, appear on a mammogram, your doctor may recommend a biopsy to understand the extent of the tumor.
Comprehensive Treatment Options for Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at Dignity Health North State
We offer a full range of treatment options for ductal carcinoma. Several factors, including the tumor’s stage and your preferences, will guide your doctor’s suggested treatment plan.
To remove your tumor and help keep you cancer-free, your doctor may recommend any of the following treatments:
- Lumpectomy, a breast-conserving surgery that removes the tumor and surrounding tissue
- Mastectomy, which removes the entire breast
- Chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells and prevent them from growing
- Hormone therapy, to block hormones some cancers uses to grow
During your appointment, your doctor will explain all of your choices for treatment and help you choose an option that’s personalized to you.
Contact Dignity Health North State to learn which treatment for ductal carcinoma is best for you.