What are the histologic findings of infiltrating lobular carcinoma breast cancer?

Updated: Dec 27, 2019
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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Infiltrating lobular carcinoma has a much lower incidence than infiltrating ductal carcinoma, accounting for 15-20% of invasive breast cancers. Histologically, it is characterized by the "single-file" arrangement of small tumor cells. Like ductal carcinoma, infiltrating lobular carcinoma typically metastasizes to axillary lymph nodes first. However, it also has a tendency to be multifocal and have discontinuous areas of involvement, making mammographic and even MRI staging imprecise.


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