Is Paget’s breast cancer curable? Paget disease can be treated by removing the entire breast (mastectomy) or breast-conserving surgery (BCS) followed by whole-breast radiation therapy. If BCS is done, the entire nipple and areola area also needs to be removed. If invasive cancer is found, the lymph nodes under the arm will be checked for cancer.
What are the first symptoms of Paget’s disease of the breast?
- Flaky or scaly skin on your nipple.
- Crusty, oozing or hardened skin resembling eczema on the nipple, areola or both.
- A tingling or burning sensation.
- Straw-colored or bloody nipple discharge.
- A flattened or turned-in (inverted) nipple.
What does Paget’s disease of the breast feel like? The symptoms of Paget disease of the breast are often mistaken for those of some benign skin conditions, such as dermatitis or eczema (1–3). These symptoms may include the following: Itching, tingling, or redness in the nipple and/or areola. Flaking, crusty, or thickened skin on or around the nipple.
Is Paget’s disease a form of cancer? Paget’s disease is a rare form of breast cancer which causes skin changes in the nipple area (bleeding, itching, flaking, and nipple discharge) and accounts for fewer than 3% of all breast cancers. Often, Paget’s is mistaken for eczema or an infection before the correct diagnosis is made.