So you have heard the words “breast cancer” and “invasive micropapillary” and you turned to the internet and googled “it.” You’ve been surfing around online trying to make sense of what is happening to you, to sort it out and to put together some sort of plan. I know, I did the same thing. That is why I started breast cancer MyStory. It is here for you so you’d have a soft space online to land when the hard diagnosis of breast cancer hits. Take your time to wander our site. In all your frantic worries of the moment, don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers (thus the photo reminder to the left that I took outside my son’s apartment in Chicago). We are here for you 24/7 and you are welcome anytime.
The following information is from www.breast-cancer.ca
Micropapillary Carcinoma of the Breast
Micropapillary breast carcinoma (or invasive micropapillary carcinoma IMPC) is a type of otherwise ‘typical’ invasive ductal carcinoma which exhibits a unique and characteristic growth pattern. Representing approximately 6% of all breast cancers, the invasive micropapillary breast carcinoma ‘pattern’ is one in which the tumor develops fairly prominent clear spaces, into which the tumor cells form into cohesive clusters. Invasive micropapillary breast carcinoma is a very aggressive form of breast cancer, with a very high rate of lymph node metastasis.(The rate of lymph node involvement is estimated at between 75% and 100%). Skin invovlement (skin retraction) is another occassional feature of invasive micropapillary carcinoma of the breast, and is observed in about 20-23% of all cases. The average age range for development of invasive micropapillary breast carcinoma is typically around the early 60s. Invasive micropapillary carcinoma of the breast is discovered as a palpable mass in over 90% of cases. And, for no apparent reason, micropapillary breast carcinoma tends to affect the left breast more frequently than the right breast, or about 65% of the time.
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