Breast Cancer

What Do You Know About the Most Common Type of Breast Cancer?

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Question 1 of 5

True or False: Infiltrating ductal carcinoma and invasive breast cancer are two different diagnoses.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse

Question 2 of 5

Once your medical team has determined that you have IDC, they'll want to ascertain if it has spread and, if so, how far. The way to determine this is:

  • AX-rays to reveal other 'hot spots' in your body.
  • BA blood test. Cancer cells in your blood are a sign that the cancer has spread.
  • CThe specific characteristics of the tumor, which the pathologist can determine under a microscope.
  • DRemoving and testing one or more of the lymph nodes in your armpit.
  • EThere is no good way to tell if the cancer has spread.

Question 3 of 5

The usual course of treatment for invasive/infiltrating ductal carcinoma is:

  • ASurgery and chemo.
  • BSurgery and radiation.
  • CSurgery, chemo, and radiation.
  • DSurgery and hormone therapy.
  • EAll of the above.

Question 4 of 5

True or False: Once you complete your initial treatment for IDC, you'll take tamoxifen for several years to prevent a recurrence.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse
  • CIt Depends

Question 5 of 5

Once you complete treatment for IDC:

  • ACongratulations! You're cured!
  • BYou'll be watched carefully for signs of a recurrence, visiting your oncologist regularly for five or more years.
  • CThere's still a small chance cancer could come back, so you'll be given instructions for a specific type of monthly self-exam, and will receive yearly mammograms, even if you're under 40.
  • DSince your cancer is invasive, you'll need to see an oncologist on a yearly basis for the rest of your life.
  • EYou'll have a yearly mammogram and be put on a 'watchful waiting' program until you are 70, at which time if the cancer has not returned, you'll be considered cured.