Breast Cancer

Abstract

Breast cancer remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and despite intensive research effort consensus agreement on management has proved difficult. This is partly a consequence of the complexity of breast cancer and the fact that this term encompasses neoplastic alterations in the breast with very differing biological backgrounds. Understanding the molecular basis of malignant progression will allow more rational treatment for the future.

Keywords: breast cancer; cellular and molecular biology; diagnosis; treatment; cancer; breast; mammary; tumour; carcinoma

Figure 1.

A grade 1 invasive ductal carcinoma predominantly composed of tubules.

Figure 2.

Lobular carcinoma in situ (top left of field) with invasive lobular carcinoma cells. Note the dispersed pattern of invasion and cells arranged in ‘indian files’ (arrow).

Figure 3.

High grade DCIS expressing c‐erbB2 with membrane immunoreactivity.

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Dixon JM and Sainsbury JRC (1998) Handbook of Diseases of the Breast, 2nd edn. Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone.

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Stamp, Gordon(Apr 2001) Breast Cancer. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001473]