Both our admins Judy and Cari posted this at the exact same time! I thought I would share it. It is from the World Health Organisation and its how Metaplastic Breast Cancer is classified. Click on the image for the original link...
I particularly like this differentiation as it highlighted me to the term Adenocarcinoma. I haven’t really used this term before.
This also explains the cancer of one of our girls who died. She had mets in her stomach and I had never heard of that before until now. Cari is doing a lot of research on this and found the following articles to explain this more:
What is Adenocarcinoma? http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-an-Adenocarcinoma.aspx
The other term Adenosquamous carcinoma is also new for me. But its shouldn’t be as I believe that I actually have this type myself!!
What is Adenosquamous carcinoma? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adenosquamous_carcinoma
What I think this misses though is triple negataive or triple postive cancer. We have found that some pepole with triple negative or ER+ PR+ differentiation have very different outcomes to others. Moreover, triple positive metaplastic breast cancer is not as rare as it seems! More on that later!