Breast preservation possible for lobular breast cancer patients
About half of women with lobular breast cancer may be able to save their affected breast by undergoing chemotherapy prior to breast surgery, an Austrian study has found.
Historically, chemotherapy was thought to have little benefit for lobular breast cancer patients due to these
Says study leader Prof.
The treatment is principally responsible for a sufficient reduction in
Saving the breast in cases like these can vastly improve a patient’s quality of life, which was the purpose of the study. “We wanted to achieve this through the combination of the therapy with the oncoplastic surgical methods,” said Fitzal. “We hope that anti-hormonal therapy prior to surgery will bring even further improvements.”
Less aggressive than the more common ductal carcinoma, lobular breast cancer typically features a larger
The study’s results have been published in the journal Annals of Surgical Oncology. More information about invasive lobular carcinoma is available through the Mayo Clinic website.