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Paget's disease of the breast is a type of cancer. Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the breast. In Paget's disease of the breast, some women notice a change in how the breast looks, especially the nipple. Other women do not notice anything different about their breasts.
Your doctor will do a breast examination and a mammogram. You will need other tests if a lump or cancer is found outside the nipple area.
In most cases, there is some cancer in the breast outside of the nipple area. This is treated like other breast cancers. Breast cancer treatment may be removal of the cancer from the breast followed by radiation to the breast. Another treatment for breast cancer, depending on the size and location of the cancer and your preferences about treatment, is removal of the whole breast (mastectomy).
If the cancer cells are only close to the nipple, treatment may be surgery that removes the nipple but leaves much of the breast, possibly followed by radiation.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: May 4, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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