Dr. Harness explains how invasive lobular breast cancer is diagnosed.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Invasive lobular cancer is a diagnostic dilemma sometimes because the patient can have a lump in her breast and negative mammograms, and it’s directly related to the way the cancer grows. We think of invasive lobular sometimes being like a jellyfish with a little tiny head and little tentacles growing out in the breast. And those tentacles can be somewhat extensive, and the mammogram be perfectly negative.
And it is one of the real conundrums, it’s one of the real dilemmas about invasive lobular cancer is that the mammograms can be negative, yet there is a lump in the breast, which means that you need an ultrasound. And if that doesn’t give us an answer, potentially you need a breast MRI in order to make the diagnosis.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.