The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Breast Cancer Program provides comprehensive, compassionate, state-of-the-art care. Our mission is to guide each patient through the decision-making process of risk evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for breast cancer. Our goal is to provide every patient with the latest in scientific knowledge about breast cancer, while tailoring a care plan to each individual's needs and preferences.
At HCI, we provide the following:
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Benign Breast Problems - A common condition marked by benign (non-cancerous) changes in breast tissue. These changes may include irregular lumps or cysts, breast discomfort, sensitive nipples, and itching. These symptoms may change throughout the menstrual cycle and usually stop after menopause. Also called fibrocystic breast changes, fibrocystic breast disease, and mammary dysplasia.
Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) - The most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. It begins in the cells that line the milk ducts in the breast, but has not spread through the walls of the ducts into the surrounding breast tissue.
Infiltrating (invasive) Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) - Cancer that has spread from where it started in the breast into surrounding, healthy tissue. Most infiltrating breast cancers start in the ducts. IDC can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. About eight out of ten invasive breast cancers are IDCs.
Infiltrating (invasive) Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) - ILC starts in the milk-producing glands (lobules). Like IDC, it can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. About one out of ten invasive breast cancers are ILCs. ILC may be harder to detect by a mammogram than IDCs.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) - A type of breast cancer in which the breast looks red and swollen and feels warm. The skin of the breast may also look dimpled and pitted, resembling the skin of an orange. The redness and warmth occur because the cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin. The affected breast may become larger or firmer, tender, or itchy. In its early stages, IBC may be mistaken for a breast infection. Because there is no lump, it may not show up on a mammogram.
Lobular Carinoma In Situ (LCIS) - A condition in which abnormal cells are found in the lobules of the breast. LCIS seldom becomes invasive cancer; however, having it in one breast increases the risk of developing breast cancer in either breast.
Paget Disease of the Nipple - A form of breast cancer in which the tumor grows from ducts beneath the nipple onto the surface of the nipple. Symptoms commonly include itching and burning and an eczema-like condition around the nipple, sometimes accompanied by oozing or bleeding. This type of breast cancer is rare, accounting for only about 1% of all cases of breast cancer. It is almost always associated with either DCIS or with IDC.
Phyllodes Tumor - A type of tumor found in the connective tissue of the breast. These tumors are usually benign (non-cancerous) but on rare occasion may be malignant. Benign tumors are treated by removing the mass along with a small piece (margin) of normal breast tissue. A malignant tumor is treated by removing the mass along with a wider margin of normal issue, or by mastectomy.
Other causes of breast lumps include the following:
Sources: National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society