loading... close

Breast Cancer

 
Breast Cancer

Chapter: 3 - Breast Cancer

Subchapter: 1 - What is Cancer?

What is Cancer?
Healthy cells are the basic building blocks of all tissue and organs in the body. But when cell DNA (the cell’s wiring) is damaged, mutated cells begin to rapidly reproduce without following the pre-wired plan.

Aggressive cell growth can form a tumor (or mass of tissue) that, like each individual cell, does not function as originally intended. These abnormal cells or groups of cells can progress into the disease known as cancer.

Cancer Origins
Breast cancer usually begins either where the milk is being produced, the lobules, or in the milk ducts.

Lobules
Lobular Carcinoma in Situ (LCIS) is a pre-cancerous condition that forms and is contained in the lobules. Invasive lobular carcinoma is a type of cancer that develops and breaks through the lobules, with the potential to spread to other areas of the body.

Milk Ducts
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) is a type of cancer that forms in the milk ducts and is considered non–invasive because it has not spread to any surrounding tissue. Once the cancer has spread beyond the milk ducts, it is known as ductal carcinoma.

Less frequently, breast cancer can originate in the stromal tissue– the fatty and fibrous connective tissue of the breast.

Prognosis
Treating breast cancer as soon as it’s discovered is very important. If left untreated, the cancer cells may invade healthy breast tissue or lymph nodes. Once in the lymph system, cancer can spread more easily to other parts of the body.

Related Questions

  • Laura Gaspard Profile

    Can a healthy diet help prevent breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      A nutritious, low-fat diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A high-fat diet increases the risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumor growth.

      2 comments
    • Mark Quesads Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Breast

      Comment
  • gima green Profile

    what are your experiences with getting radiation after breast cancer surgery? What were your side effects if any? Did you use a certain cream, oil or vitamin to lesson the effects?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 years 5 answers
    • View all 5 answers
    • Mabel Dominguez Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ask your doctor what they recommend, please be aware that if your immune system is weak radiation will leave you tired drink plenty of water.

      1 comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      A lot of women experience some fatigue with radiation treatments. Every place is different in what they recommend their patients use on the skin; mine told me to use pure aloe vera gel and other than being bright red my skin stayed intact. Normally for the last 2 weeks my RT would have...

      more

      A lot of women experience some fatigue with radiation treatments. Every place is different in what they recommend their patients use on the skin; mine told me to use pure aloe vera gel and other than being bright red my skin stayed intact. Normally for the last 2 weeks my RT would have prescribed an antibiotic cream to use but since I'm allergic to the main ingredient and my skin was intact with no blisters he didn't have me use it.

      Comment
  • Elaine Mecus Profile

    What exactly is triple negative breast cancer and what is the prognosis generally.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      See my response to your other question.

      Comment
    • Martha Phillips Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Google it there is a world of information I have stage iv breast cancer God bless and try and have a Merry Christmas

      Comment
  • Pamela Collins Profile

    I've had 2 rounds of chemo and I can no longer feel the lump. 4 more rounds to go. Oncologist said that means I'm responding well. Hopefully after the 6th round, there will be nothing left. Praise God!!!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 11 answers
    • View all 11 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I saw an oncologist before seeing a surgeon and she felt I may need chemo. before surgery (I believe to shrink it some) but the surgeon told me that was the last thing I should consider so didn't do it. It makes me wonder if it would have worked in my case since we knew about 2 different areas...

      more

      I saw an oncologist before seeing a surgeon and she felt I may need chemo. before surgery (I believe to shrink it some) but the surgeon told me that was the last thing I should consider so didn't do it. It makes me wonder if it would have worked in my case since we knew about 2 different areas with 2 different cancer types but a 3rd one was found on surgical pathology.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      More often that not, it DOES shrink the tumor. With a 3CM tumor you are slated for chemo one way or another. If it were me, I would do what is suggested. Since you want to salvage your breast, this would be especially important to do. Yes, any drug or drugs have side effects but breast cancer...

      more

      More often that not, it DOES shrink the tumor. With a 3CM tumor you are slated for chemo one way or another. If it were me, I would do what is suggested. Since you want to salvage your breast, this would be especially important to do. Yes, any drug or drugs have side effects but breast cancer is worse. There are trade-off's with every route taken. Breast cancer is a nasty, insidious disease and my choice was to throw everything at it while I had the best chance. We all make decisions based on our way of thinking and reasoning so I would never say my way is the only way.... it is just what I chose to do. It's a tough one but you get this one chance to to get rid of this disease and hope for no recurrence. No guarantees with this, unfortunately. Take care, Sharon

      Comment

Educational Video

Personal Story

Related Topics

Looking for another topic?
Use the search box in the top right.

Footer 1

An Early Detection Plan (EDP) significantly increases the chances of surviving breast cancer.

spread the word