Invasive Lobular Carcinoma

What is Invasive Lobular Carcinoma?

Invasive Lobular Carcinoma is the second most common type of breast cancer. It starts in the milk-producing glands (lobules) of the breast.  In this disease, cancer cells break out of the lobule and may potentially spread to the lymph nodes and other areas of the body. ILC is more likely to be found in both breasts. 


The following are some typical signs and symptoms of Invasive Lobular Carcinoma:

  • Thickening or hardening in the breast
  • Swelling or fullness in a specific area in the breast
  • Skin irritation
  • Redness, scaling, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • Inward turning nipple
  • Painful breast or nipple
  • Unusual nipple discharge
  • Lump under the arm


Some of the factors that may cause Invasive Lobular Carcinoma are:

  • Old age
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Early puberty (before 12 years of age) or late menopause (after the age of 55 years).
  • Not having children/first after the age of 35.
  • Prolonged use of female hormones estrogen and progesterone to manage menopause symptoms.
  • Earlier radiation treatment to treat breast cancer before 30 years of age.
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol consumption


Factors that can increase the risk of Invasive Lobular Carcinoma include:

Diagnosis of Lobular carcinoma in situ (abnormal cells confined within breast lobules) enhances the risk of developing invasive cancer. Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer syndrome enhances risk of invasive lobular carcinoma.

How is it diagnosed?

Physical examination to check for redness and any other obvious signs. Imaging tests such as mammogram or a breast ultrasound. MRI, may be recommended in some cases. Biopsy in which tissues are an...

How is it treated?

Treatment depends on its how aggressive the disease is, its stage, and the overall health condition of the patient. Treatment may include surgery, and chemotherapy, radiation or hormone therapy additionally.


How does Medanta Provide care?

At Medanta, breast care is approached holistically right from prevention to early screening to treatments. Specialist radiology, surgery, pathology and  oncology services are provided by doctors trained specifically in managing breast disease.

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