What does invasive ductal carcinoma feel like?

Is ductal carcinoma painful?

New pain in one particular location of a breast. Dimpling around the nipple or on the breast skin. Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward. Nipple discharge.

How long does it take for invasive ductal carcinoma to spread?

According to the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center at Providence Portland Medical Center, breast cancer cells need to divide at least 30 times before they are detectable by physical exam. Each division takes about 1 to 2 months, so a detectable tumor has likely been growing in the body for 2 to 5 years.

What does IDC feel like?

nipple pain or the nipple turning inward. redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin. a nipple discharge other than breast milk. a lump in the underarm area.

How serious is ductal carcinoma?

DCIS isn’t life-threatening, but having DCIS can increase the risk of developing an invasive breast cancer later on. When you have had DCIS, you are at higher risk for the cancer coming back or for developing a new breast cancer than a person who has never had breast cancer before.

How quickly does DCIS spread?

Grade 1 DCIS is almost always ER and PR positive and is a very slow growing form of cancer. It can take years, even decades, to see progression of the disease. In some cases, it may take such a long time to spread beyond the breast duct that it is not an event that will happen during a person’s lifetime.

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What does ductal carcinoma look like on MRI?

On MRI, DCIS can manifest in a range of ap- pearances, frequently as clumped nonmass- like enhancement, in a ductal or segmental distribution, most commonly showing rapid initial contrast uptake with plateau, persistent, or washout kinetics in the delayed phase.

Should I have a mastectomy for DCIS?

If the DCIS is large, a mastectomy may be recommended. Removing the opposite breast usually isn’t recommended; chemotherapy usually isn’t recommended either. Hormonal therapy may be recommended if the DCIS is hormone-receptor-positive. DCIS is NOT invasive cancer.