Dr. Harness discusses the treatments for invasive lobular carcinoma.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
The treatments for invasive lobular carcinomas are virtually identical to the treatment of invasive ductile carcinoma. In other words, breast conservation works there, and obviously mastectomy works there. Again, there are a variety of types of invasive lobular carcinomas, but here we think that breast MRI is important to try and determine the extent of disease.
One of the difficulties in doing breast conservation lumpectomy with invasive lobular is we get out what we think is a cancerous lump which we have, but because of those fine little tentacles of the way the cancer grows in the breast, the margins around the main tumor are positive. You have to take more, and sometimes we have to stop and eventually remove the whole breast, simply because of the pattern in the way it grows.
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.