Living with a serious disease is difficult. Cancer patients and those who care about them face many problems and challenges. Coping with these difficulties is easier when people have helpful information and support services.
Cancer patients may worry about holding their job, caring for their family, or keeping up with daily activities. Worries about tests, treatments, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health care team can answer questions about treatment, working, or other activities. Meeting with a nurse, social worker, counselor, or a member of the clergy also can be helpful to patients who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns about the future or about personal relationships.
Friends and relatives, especially those who have had personal experience with cancer, can be very supportive. Also, it helps many patients to meet with others who are facing problems like theirs. Cancer patients often get together in support groups, where they can share what they have learned about cancer and its treatment and about coping with the disease. It is important to keep in mind, however, that each patient is different. Treatments and ways of dealing with cancer that work for one person may not be right for another, even if they both have the same kind of cancer. It is a good idea to discuss the advice of friends and family members with the doctor.
Often, a social worker at the hospital or clinic can suggest groups that can help with rehabilitation, emotional support, financial aid, transportation, or home care. The American Cancer Society has many services for patients and families. Local offices of the American Cancer Society are listed in the white pages of the telephone directory. The Cancer Information Service also has information on local services.tocancer.com
Invasive ductal carcinoma or IDC is the most common breast cancer type. Around 80 percent of the patients suffering from breast cancer are diagnosed with IDC. IDC is also often referred to as infiltrating ductal carcinoma. The term ‘invasive’ describes a cancer type that has ‘invaded’ the adjoining breast tissues. The term ‘ductal’ refers to the fact that the cancer has began from the patient’s milk ducts; the primary function of the milk ducts is carrying the milk to the nipples from the lobules, where the milk is produced. The term ‘carcinoma’ is used for all cancer types that start from the skin or tissues covering our internal organs (e.g. the breast tissues). As the disease progresses, IDC may invade the lymph nodes and other body parts of the patient.
The data offered by American Cancer Society suggests that over 180,000 American women get diagnosed with invasive breast cancers every year and majority of them are victims of IDC. Medical experts inform that women of any age group can develop invasive ductal carcinoma, but women become more susceptible towards developing the condition after reaching the age of 55 years. According to current statistics, 2/3 of the patients got diagnosed with IDC either when they were of 55 years or older than that. Besides that, IDC might also occur in men.
During the initial phase, IDC might not result in any symptom. Mostly the disease gets diagnosed, when the mammogram shows presence of abnormal areas; in such cases the doctor recommends the patient to undergo more diagnostic procedures. The signs that might indicate the occurrence of invasive ductal carcinoma include the following:
Swelling in some parts or the entire breast.
Pain in the breast.
Dimpling and skin irritation.
Nipples turning inward and pain in the nipples.
Thickening, scaliness and redness of the breast skin or nipples.
Formation of lumps in the armpits.www.justcancer.org
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