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Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Survival Rate

Invasive ductal carcinoma is a type of breast cancer. It is an aggressive form of breast cancer and can easily spread to the other tissues and nearby lymph nodes. It can metastasize quite rapidly as compared to other forms of breast cancer.

Symptoms of invasive ductal carcinoma

  • Presence of a hard, abnormally shaped lump in the central region of the breast or underneath the areola
  • The invasive ductal carcinoma bump may feel like a foreign object in the breast and is movable
  • The nipple may become upturned or inverted.
  • The breast skin may become dimpled and/or have a ridges running through it, giving it the appearance of an orange peel
  • There may be pus-like discharge from the nipple

Causes of invasive ductal carcinoma

  • Certain changes in the breast tissues lead to the growth of abnormal cells in the milk ducts of the breast. This causes invasive ductal carcinoma, which then spreads to other areas of the body. The cause of such changes is unknown.
  • A family history of breast cancer, early menstruation and/or late menopause, prolonged use of oral contraceptives, exposure to radiation, etc. are some of the risk factors that increase the vulnerability to developing invasive ductal carcinoma.

Invasive ductal carcinoma treatment

  • Surgery may be performed to remove the tumor, the affected tissues, the affected lymph nodes and in some cases the entire affected breast may be surgically removed.
  • Chemotherapy is used to intravenously inject special drugs that are designed to kill the cancer cells
  • Biological therapy involves the intake of certain medications that boost the immune system to fight off the cancer cells
  • Radiation therapy is used to direct intense rays of precision radiation at the cancer cells to destroy them
  • Targeted drug therapy involves the use of special medications that inhibit the growth of the cancer cells and eventually lead to their demise. For example, a particular drug will stop the flow of blood to the cancer cells, which will then result in their death.

Invasive ductal carcinoma survival rate

The survival rate invasive ductal carcinoma refers to the percentage of patients that will survive the condition for a particular number of years after diagnosis. The statistics for most cases refer to the five year survival rate for invasive ductal carcinoma patients, which indicate the percentage of patients that live for at least a period of five years after detection of the condition.

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It should also be noted that the survival rates for invasive ductal carcinoma cannot be generalized for all patients. This is because each individual case is unique and the survival is dependent on a number of factors such as, the surgical margins, the tumor stage, grade and size, the levels of HER2, the hormone receptor status and the status of the lymph nodes.

  • As per statistics, invasive ductal carcinoma forms nearly 70 percent of all breast cancers.

Generally there are five stages of invasive ductal carcinoma, i.e. from stage 0 to stage IV. The survival rate for each stage goes on decreasing as the stage of the condition increases.

  • The five year survival rate for stages 0 and I for invasive ductal carcinoma is around 90 percent or more
  • The five year survival rate for stage II A is around 80 percent, white it becomes significantly lower for stage II B at about 60 percent
  • The five year survival rate for stages III A and III B is around 40 percent
  • The five year survival rate for invasive ductal carcinoma in the last stage, i.e. stage IV is just about 14 percent.
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