Cancer Care

Integrative care for invasive breast cancer

When breast cancer spreads beyond its original site, it becomes invasive breast cancer. Invasive ductal carcinoma begins in the milk ducts while invasive lobular carcinoma begins in the sacs that produce milk. Also called infiltrating breast cancer, it can grow to nearby breast tissue, nearby lymph nodes and distant areas of the body.

Treating invasive breast cancer at Goshen Center for Cancer Care involves a thorough diagnosis and precise treatment. With leading-edge cancer treatments, naturopathic medicine, supportive therapy and the expertise to combine these treatments, our oncology specialists have what it takes to care for your mind, body and spirit.

After a diagnosis of breast cancer, you may have many questions and we’re here to provide the answers you need. Request an appointment or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to get started with exceptional care for invasive breast cancer in Goshen and Warsaw, IN.

Risk factors and symptoms of invasive breast cancer

Knowing the risk factors and symptoms puts you one step ahead in breast cancer prevention. Although breast cancer in men exists, being a woman is the main risk factor.

Other risk factors include:

  • Dense breast tissue
  • Previous chest radiation therapy
  • Early menstruation (before 12) or late menopause (after 55)
  • Family or personal history of breast cancer
  • Exposure to diethylstilbestrol

Along with knowing your risk factor, recognizing the symptoms is also important. Invasive lobular carcinoma has a distinctive symptom of a thickening or hardening of the skin, while invasive ductal carcinoma feels more like a lump.

Symptoms that both types of invasive breast cancer share are swelling of the breast and changes in the size, shape or appearance of the nipple or breast.

Experiencing any of these symptoms? Talk to your primary care provider about getting a cancer screening.

Prevention and treatment that focuses on you

Our specialists take an integrative, yet aggressive approach to treating invasive breast cancer. Treatment may begin with surgery – either lumpectomy or mastectomy – and be followed by radiation to remove all traces of cancer. Often, combining several treatment types, such as chemotherapy and hormone therapy, is the best approach. The breast cancer stage helps doctors determine the best treatment option.

At Goshen Center for Cancer Care, you’ll work with your treatment team to navigate your options. Our goal is to maintain your best possible quality of life. Call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to speak with a specialist who can help you begin nationally recognized cancer treatment.

Goshen Center for Cancer Care offers leading-edge treatment for invasive breast cancer in Goshen and Warsaw, IN, for patients from Fort Wayne, South Bend and surrounding areas.