Clinical Classifications of Breast Cancer

  • Michael H. Torosian
Part of the Current Clinical Oncology book series (CCO)


Epidemiology, family history, noninherited risk factors, and genetic mutations are important factors in the development of breast cancer. The pathologic characteristics of the primary breast carcinoma, however, are of paramount importance in determining the optimal treatment for breast cancer patients. For defining specific treatment options, breast cancer can be classified into the following clinically relevant categories: invasive/infiltrating carcinoma, ductal carcinoma in situ, microinvasive carcinoma, Paget’s disease, inflammatory carcinoma, and lobular carcinoma in situ. These categories are based on the biologic behavior and prognosis of patients with these distinct types of breast cancer.


Breast Cancer Axillary Lymph Node Dissection Lobular Carcinoma Axillary Dissection Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping 
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