What is Angiosarcoma of the Breast?
Angiosarcoma of the breast is a rare and aggressive cancer that originates in the endothelial cells lining the blood vessels within the breast tissue. This type of cancer can occur as a primary breast cancer or more commonly as a secondary complication following radiation therapy for another breast cancer. It is known for its rapid growth and potential to spread to other parts of the body.
The symptoms of angiosarcoma of the breast may include:
- A bruise-like area on the breast that doesn’t heal and may expand over time.
- The appearance of a purplish or reddish rash on the breast skin.
- A palpable lump in the breast.
- Swelling or pain in the affected breast.
- Changes in the skin’s texture over the breast, such as thickening or puckering.
Disease Aetiology (Causes)
The exact cause of primary angiosarcoma of the breast is unknown. Secondary angiosarcoma is often associated with prior radiation therapy and can occur several years after treatment. Lymphedema (swelling caused by lymph fluid build-up) following breast surgery may also be a risk factor.
Diagnosing angiosarcoma of the breast involves:
- Physical Examination: To assess any noticeable changes in the breast.
- Imaging Studies: Mammograms, ultrasound, and MRI can help detect abnormalities.
- Biopsy: Taking a sample of the affected tissue is critical for diagnosing and determining the type of cancer.
Treatment for angiosarcoma of the breast usually includes a combination of methods:
- Surgery: The primary treatment, aiming to remove the cancerous tissue. In cases of extensive disease, a mastectomy may be necessary.
- Radiation Therapy: Might be used, particularly in cases where surgery isn’t possible or for palliative care.
- Chemotherapy: Can be used before surgery to shrink the tumor or after surgery to address any remaining cancer cells.
- Targeted Therapy: Depending on the tumor’s specific characteristics, targeted therapies may be an option.
What support can we give for the Angiosarcoma of the Breast?
Angiosarcoma of the Breast is a rare cancer, meaning it is not as well-known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Angiosarcoma of the Breast, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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