What is invasive lobular breast cancer?
Invasive lobular breast cancer is the second most common type of breast cancer, but it doesn’t always form a lump or show on mammograms. Whilst mammograms are incredibly important, we’re encouraging everyone to ‘own’ their breasts to spot any changes quickly.
Invasive lobular carcinoma is a cancer that has started in the lobes (the milk-producing glands) and has spread into the surrounding breast tissue and accounts for approximately 15% of breast cancers.
What are the symptoms of lobular breast cancer?
Invasive lobular breast cancer doesn't always form a lump in the breast. Possible symptoms include:
While invasive lobular breast cancer can cause these symptoms, it’s also important to be aware of the general breast cancer symptoms, find out more here.
Book an appointment
If you’re concerned about a change in your breasts, it’s important to book an appointment with a clinic or GP as soon as possible. At GenesisCare our one stop breast clinics help to get the answers you need, without delay.
Diana worked in the health service before she retired and knows how important it is to detect breast cancer early. Her regular mammograms had all been normal.
It was with horror that Diana noticed a visible dimple and skin tethering on her left breast whilst looking in the mirror, and knew this could be a cancerous lump pulling the skin inwards. She immediately booked an appointment with her GP who referred her to her local hospital for further investigation.
Diana explained “It wasn’t until my investigations I learned about lobular breast cancer - the cancer I ended up being diagnosed with, and how it often isn’t apparent on mammograms and ultrasound scans. Lobular breast cancer doesn’t always form a lump but grows in a single-file or single cell pattern, making it much harder to see with traditional imaging such as mammograms”.
Read Diana's full story here.
Whilst mammograms are incredibly important, your boobs are uniquely yours and you need to get to know them to spot changes early. I encourage everyone to ‘own’ their boobs and check themselves regularly.
Diana, lobular breast cancer patient
Diagnosing invasive lobular breast cancer
If you’re concerned about a change in your breasts, it’s important to book an appointment with a clinic or GP as soon as possible.
At GenesisCare’s One Stop Breast Clinic, you will access
- A consultation and medical examination with a consultant breast surgeon
- Breast imaging, which could be an ultrasound scan or mammogram or both
- If additional imaging is required, a further MRI appointment can be made
- If your imaging shows any irregularities, you’ll have a breast biopsy, where a tiny sample of cells is taken from your breast tissue for analysis
- At GenesisCare One Stop Breast Clinics our team will carry out all the tests you need at your first appointment to give you a same-day result
- If you need a biopsy, we’ll make an appointment for your consultant to see you again within five working days when the results will be ready to discuss with you
Book an appointment
If you have any concerns relating to your breasts, contact us today to speak to our friendly team and to book an appointment at one of our One Stop Breast Clinics.
Treatment for invasive lobular breast
The treatment for invasive lobular breast cancer is the same as for the more common type of invasive breast cancer, and surgery is usually the first treatment.
We work closely with leading breast surgeons and partner hospitals so you can have your surgery close by and then complete your treatments at one of our centres.
Most often, treatment after surgery will involve some or all of the following:
- Hormone (endocrine) therapy
- Targeted therapy, including monoclonal antibody treatment
- Integrative cancer care
GenesisCare are at the forefront of many treatment options, with high resolution scanners, targeted anti-cancer drugs, sophisticated radiotherapy machines and personalised treatment plans.
At GenesisCare we know everyone has a different cancer journey, so your care plan will be personalised to you.
What is the survival rate for invasive lobular cancer?
It’s important to note that the following survival rates are all estimates based on people who’ve had a previous invasive lobular cancer diagnosis. Every person and every cancer is different, so speaking with your surgeon and oncologist will help you to understand more about your cancer, treatment and outcomes.
When invasive lobular cancer is treated early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100%. If the cancer has spread to the surrounding tissue in your breast, but not elsewhere in the body, the five-year survival rate is approximately 93%. If the cancer has spread elsewhere in the body, the five-year survival rate is around 22%.
Whatever your stage, it is important to come forward for the help and support available to you.
We are recognised by all leading providers of private medical insurance. You may need to call your insurer for authorisation and obtain a GP referral letter, depending on your provider, to attend our clinic. Self-pay options are also available.
- Consultation from £225
- Bilateral mammography from £210
- Ultrasound from £290
- MRI from £450
- Biopsy from £900
Why choose GenesisCare?
GenesisCare is a global organisation with over 440 cancer specialist centres throughout the UK, USA, Australia, and Spain.
In the UK, we specialise in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating breast cancer which are proven to be effective. We’re renowned for providing excellent care and are proud to be rated in the top 1% of healthcare providers worldwide for patient satisfaction.
We believe care should be available when and where patients need it most, and it should be designed to give them the best outcomes possible.