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Invasive Lobular Carcinoma podcast available now 21/5/2020

Giovanna_BCNAGiovanna_BCNA Member Posts: 1,848
edited May 2020 in Social Groups
Hello everyone, 

BCNA have produced a series of podcasts and Episode 22 is titled 'Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.'

In this episode, Kellie Curtain is joined by BCNA board member, surgical oncologist and specialist breast surgeon Professor Bruce Mann to help break down all of the information around invasive lobular carcinoma.

This episode covers:

  • What invasive lobular carcinoma is
  • Detection of invasive lobular carcinoma, often in the absence of a lump
  • How invasive lobular carcinoma is diagnosed
  • The role of artificial intelligence and computer algorithms in diagnosis
  • Treatment of invasive lobular carcinoma

Click here to listen to this latest podcast or to read the transcript.


  • arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 4,925
    edited May 2020
    Interesting conversation.  Can this link also be shared on the 'general forum' @Giovanna_BCNA ?

    Shame they didn't touch on recurrences or likelihood of Stage 4 ....

    I understood that there is a greater chance of Lobular going to Stage 4 than other Breast Cancers? 
  • TinkatTinkat Member Posts: 22
    Thank you for this most interesting podcast.  I was diagnosed in July 2019 after mammogram found 8 calcifications which were all benign - I also had ultrasound and stereotactic investigations.  My daughter who is a nuclear med physician and noticed some patchiness/thickening on the top of my breast above the nipple.  She asked her radiologist colleague to take a look and I was referred to  breast surgeon for surgical diagnosis with hook wires.  All very stressful as I was totally unaware of any lumps or hardening.  I am now 12 months down the track after mastectomy, 2 lymph nodes were positive so I  had a further lymph node sweep to remove 23 more, which were all clear.  At this time, I had a tissue expander inserted as well and was in hospital for 17 days as the drains were busy!  I have had 6 months chemo and 25 radiotherapy sessions.  I live in regional WA so went up to Perth for chemo but the daily radio was in Bunbury.  As remarked in the podcast, it's hard to diagnose LC and I am thankful for having a vigilant daughter who referred me to the best team in Perth I believe.  I have just had 12 month scans (mammogram and ultrasound on the other breast) which have come back clear.  Most women I speak to have never heard of LC and believe that BC is always felt as a lump.  More info needs to be given to women to remain vigilant and also for GPs to have more knowledge regarding LC.  My GP initially queried why I was having further investigations after the calcifications came back benign.  I am so grateful for the expertise and research that is going on for BC around the world and especially here in WA.  
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