Cancer Care

Expert care for Paget's disease of the breast

Paget's breast cancer, or Paget's disease of the breast, is a type of breast cancer that affects the nipple and areola. It's a rare condition, comprising of about 1 percent of breast cancers in the U.S. Because of the condition's visible symptoms, it's often the first sign of more extensive cancer. In fact, most people with Paget's carcinoma have one or more tumors inside the same breast.

As a full-service cancer treatment center, Goshen Center for Cancer Care provides complete, expert care for Paget's disease of the breast in Goshen and Warsaw, IN. Our board certified, fellowship trained oncology team treats each patient's cancer uniquely, focusing on what it takes to heal you and your well-being. With leading-edge treatment options, including naturopathy, and a variety of supportive services, we're dedicated to ensuring survivors.

If you're looking for a second opinion or want to learn more about our approach, request an appointment or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE).

Signs and symptoms of Paget's breast cancer

Changes in the nipple and areola are usually the first signs of Paget's disease of the breast.

These changes can show up as:

  • Yellowish or bloody nipple discharge
  • Pain and sensitivity
  • Flattening of the nipple
  • Itching, tingling or burning sensations
  • Scaling, thickening, flaking or nonhealing ulcers

Dermatitis and eczema can also present some of the symptoms above, so it's best to see your primary care provider and have a screening.

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Diagnosing and treating Paget's carcinoma at Goshen Center for Cancer Care

Getting the right diagnosis is the first step to treating the condition. Our experts begin with a biopsy to remove and analyze potential cancerous cells. You may also need an MRI, CT or mammogram to get a complete diagnosis.

A breast-conserving lumpectomy is often successful at treating cancer that's contained to the nipple. After a lumpectomy, radiation therapy is necessary to remove all traces of cancer. Your oncology team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan, which can also include chemotherapy, targeted therapy and hormone therapy.

If you're looking for cancer care that addresses your mind, body and spirit, trust Goshen Center for Cancer Care, northern Indiana's first comprehensive cancer center.

With compassion and precision, Goshen Center for Cancer Care treats Paget's disease of the breast in Goshen and Warsaw, IN, for patients from Fort Wayne, South Bend and surrounding areas.