What is Mucinous Ductal Carcinoma?
Mucinous ductal carcinoma, also known as colloid carcinoma, is a rare form of invasive breast cancer. This type of cancer is characterized by the presence of mucin-producing cancer cells in the breast. It generally accounts for 1-2% of all breast cancers and tends to have a better prognosis than other more common types of breast cancer. Mucinous ductal carcinoma is more frequently diagnosed in older women.
Symptoms of mucinous ductal carcinoma can include:
- A palpable lump in the breast, which is typically soft to the touch.
- Visible changes in the size or shape of the breast.
- Skin changes on the breast, such as dimpling or redness.
- Changes to the nipple, such as inversion or discharge.
Disease Aetiology (Causes)
The exact causes of mucinous ductal carcinoma are not clearly understood, similar to other forms of breast cancer. It is believed to involve genetic mutations in breast cells. Risk factors may include age, family history, hormonal factors, and personal health history.
Diagnosing mucinous ductal carcinoma typically involves:
- Mammography: To detect abnormalities in the breast tissue.
- Ultrasound or MRI: These imaging tests can provide further detail and are helpful in assessing the tumor.
- Biopsy: A tissue sample from the suspicious area in the breast is necessary for a definitive diagnosis.
- Hormone Receptor Testing: To check if the cancer is sensitive to hormones, which can influence treatment options.
Treatment for mucinous ductal carcinoma often includes a combination of approaches:
- Surgery: Lumpectomy (removing the tumor and a small margin of surrounding tissue) or mastectomy (removing the entire breast) are common surgical options.
- Radiation Therapy: Typically used following lumpectomy to eliminate any remaining cancer cells.
- Chemotherapy: May be recommended based on the tumor’s size and characteristics.
- Hormone Therapy: Often used if the cancer cells have hormone receptors.
What support can we give for the Mucinous Ductal Carcinoma?
Mucinous Ductal Carcinoma 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 Mucinous Ductal Carcinoma, 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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