How To Treat Colloid Breast Cancer
Mucinous carcinoma is an invasive type of breast cancer which continues to spread into the healthy tissue. Most invasive cancers start in the ducts and can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. This cancer tends to form a type of "jelly" which then turns into a tumor. In order to detect this type of cancer, the most accurate form of identification is by performing a surgical biopsy. Other traditional types of cancer detection include mammograms and breast ultrasounds.
Following are some of the treatment options available.
This process attacks the visible portion and even the portion of the surrounding breast tissue that the cancer threatens to infect. Even though this method seems as if it would destroy the breast, it actually saves it and can save many lives – as it has in the past. The surgeon will simply remove the tumor and the surrounding area. In order to perform a thorough job, the surgeon may go ahead and use the ultrasound and mammogram results to scan for other forms of cancer. It has to be thorough, there can be no more cancerous tissue left as it will return and become just as life-threatening as before.
A mastectomy is the procedure whereby as much breast tissue as possible is removed without threatening the life of the patient. Some recent modifications to this treatment include the removal of not only the breast skin and tissue but of the lymph nodes in surrounding areas as well. In severe cases a total mastectomy must be performed, removing the nipple, areola, breast skin, tissue, lymph nodes and even the chest wall muscle located underneath the breast. The lymph nodes in the armpit region will also be inspected for cancer. This is a very drastic treatment but could mean the difference between life and death.
A high energy radiation beam is aimed directly at the breast area where the cancer tumor has been removed. Cancer cells tend to spread more quickly than healthy cells which mean that their composition is very disorganized. For this reason, the cancer cells are more vulnerable to radiation than your healthy cells.
There are other variations of radiation therapy, such as the internal radiation therapy which is less common and performed at the end of your traditional radiation therapy. This means that small pieces of radioactive material are placed where the tumor was removed so that the cancer will either retreat or cease to return. These seeds are not left in the breast permanently, being removed after the cancer cells have disappeared completely.