|Ductal Carcinoma, Invasive, Pre-cancer, Pre-invasive, Recurrent, Advanced Breast Cancer.|
|Breast cancer is a malignant tumour which starts in breast tissue. There are several types of breast cancer. They all begin in the milk ducts and/or the milk lobules of the breast. Some breast cancers are found when they are ‘in situ’. This means they have not spread outside the duct or lobule where they began. However, most breast cancers are found when they are ‘invasive’. This means the cancers have grown beyond the duct or lobule into other breast tissue or out of the breast.|
Breast cancer which spreads out of the breast may also spread to lymph nodes in the armpit nearest the breast affected by cancer (axillary lymph nodes).
Breast cancer which is found before it appears to have spread beyond the breast and axillary lymph nodes is known as early breast cancer. Breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, such as the bones and liver, is known as advanced breast cancer.
For more information on ductal carcinoma, early and advanced breast cancer and other breast cancer types and service, go to Breast Service.
|Breast Cancer Booklet from the Cancer Council of Victoria >>|