INVASIVE LOBULAR CARCINOMA (ILC)
This type of cancer is sometimes more difficult to feel on self-examination or see on standard types of breast imaging, and rather than forming a lump may cause more subtle changes in the breast like tethering of the skin or a change in the shape of the breast.
Lobular cancer is not necessarily any more difficult to treat by comparison to invasive ductal cancer of the breast, but due to difficulties of being able to feel it in the breast by self-examination, it may be larger than other types of breast cancer when the diagnosis is made.
Because ILC can sometimes be harder to size on standard mammograms it is common to recommend a breast MRI scan as well, as it often gives the most accurate information about the size and shape of this type of cancer.
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