What is the treatment for invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC)?

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There are a number of possible treatments for invasive (infiltrating) lobular carcinoma (ILC). Treatments for stages I, II and III and operable stage III may include:
  • Breast-conserving surgery to remove only the cancer and some surrounding breast tissue, followed by lymph node dissection and radiation therapy
  • Modified radical mastectomy with or without breast reconstruction surgery
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy followed by surgery
  • Adjuvant therapy (treatment given after surgery to increase the chances of a cure) that may include: radiation therapy to the lymph nodes near the breast and to the chest wall after a modified radical mastectomy, systemic chemotherapy with or without hormone therapy, hormone therapy
  • Clinical trials
Treatment of stage IIIB and inoperable stage IIIC breast cancer may include:
  • Systemic chemotherapy
  • Systemic chemotherapy followed by surgery (breast-conserving surgery or total mastectomy), with lymph node dissection followed by radiation therapy
  • Additional systemic therapy (chemotherapy, hormone therapy or both)
  • Clinical trials
Treatment of stage IV or metastatic breast cancer may include the following:
  • Hormone therapy and/or systemic chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy and/or surgery for relief of pain and other symptoms
  • Clinical trials

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