Uncommon Breast Cancer Types
Below are uncommon breast cancer types along with symptoms and treatments:
Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)
It is a cancer that lacks estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). TNBC is likely to expand to other parts of the body and recur after treatment.
Symptoms that might occur are a nipple discharge, skin irritation, nipple pain, and a new lump or mass. Treatment includes surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Paget’s Disease of the Nipple
This type occurs in the nipple or in the areola (the area of darker skin around it). For the first time, it might be itchy, scaly, red, and crusted. Sometimes people mistake it for eczema. Treatment involves mastectomy for effective result.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
IBC is a very malignant breast cancer leading the lymph vessels in the breast skin to become obstructed. The breast looks red, swollen, and inflamed. Unfortunately, this cancer does not create a lump so it is hard to detect.
If the breast feels warm, appears red or orange, feels tender or hard, and looks swollen, you have to see your doctor so that further treatments can be performed. Treatments for inflammatory breast cancer include chemotherapy for the first procedure followed by surgical procedure, hormone therapy, and radiotherapy.