Invasive lobular carcinoma cure: Treatment options
Invasive lobular carcinoma cure or treatment will be dependent on the aggressiveness of the cancer, its stage the overall health and preferences of the patient. Generally treatment will in most cases comprise of surgery and additional therapy which may include chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy. To understand these better, we spoke to the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD who explains them as follows:
Diagnosing invasive lobular carcinoma cure: Surgery
Surgery for invasive lobular carcinoma may be done in four ways including:
Removing the cancer and small portion of healthy tissue. This is a lumpectomy (wide local excision) procedure which allows the patient to keep most of the breast tissue. Under this, the surgeon removes the tumor itself, as well as a margin of normal tissue surrounding the tumor to ensure all the cancer that can be removed is taken out.
Removing all of the breast tissue. This is done through mastectomy is an operation done to remove all the breast tissue. This (Mastectomy) can be simple where the surgeon removes all of the breast tissue the lobules, ducts, fatty tissue and skin, including the nipple and areola. Alternatively, it can be done through a modified radical mastectomy, which involves removing all of the breast tissue, as well as the nipple and areola and lymph nodes in the nearby armpit.
Sentinel lymph node biopsy. To determine whether cancer has spread to the lymph nodes near your breast the surgeon identifies the first lymph nodes that receive the lymph drainage from cancer. These lymph nodes are removed and tested for breast cancer cells (sentinel node biopsy). Where no cancer is found, the chance of finding cancer in any of the remaining nodes is minimal and no other nodes need to be removed.
Axillary lymph node dissection. If cancer is found in the sentinel node, the surgeon may remove additional lymph nodes in your armpit (axillary lymph node dissection).
Diagnosing invasive lobular carcinoma cure: Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. Treatment often involves receiving two or more drugs in different combinations. Chemotherapy can be given through a vein, in pill form or both ways. And for invasive lobular carcinoma, chemotherapy is commonly used after surgery to kill any cells that may remain.
Diagnosing invasive lobular carcinoma cure: Radiation therapy
Radiation therapy uses high-powered energy beams like X-rays, to kill cancer cells. During radiation therapy, the patient lie on a table as the radiation machine directs energy beams to the precise points on the breast. Radiation therapy is recommended effectively after a lumpectomy. It may also be recommended after a mastectomy if the cancer was large or involved the lymph nodes.
Diagnosing invasive lobular cure: Hormone therapy
Hormone therapy may be an option if your cancer cells are sensitive to hormones. Most invasive lobular carcinomas are hormone receptor positive, meaning they are sensitive to hormones. In such a case, a sample of the tumor cells is tested to determine whether cancer is hormone receptor positive. If it is, hormone therapies can block from producing hormones or block the cancer cells’ ability to use the hormones.
Diagnosing invasive lobular carcinoma cure: Treatment options