Types of Breast Cancer

NAPBC Accredited Breast CenterWith early detection and treatment, breast cancer survival rates are very good. Individual prognosis depends on the type of cancer, its level (stage) of development when detected and the treatments prescribed.

ACR Breast Imaging Center of ExcellenceThe two most common types of breast cancer are ductal carcinoma—where tumors form in the cells of the milk ducts—and lobular carcinoma, which occurs in the milk-producing glands or lobules. Both types may be noninvasive or invasive (capable of spreading). The most common type of breast cancer is noninvasive ductal carcinoma (DCIS).

While most often present in women, breast cancer can also occur in men. Less common subtypes of breast cancer include inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) and triple-negative breast cancer. Breast cancer can return over time and may affect other sites in the body besides breast tissue.

Your Choice for Breast Cancer Care

Although we hear a lot about the disease, a diagnosis of breast cancer can be stressful and confusing. At Reston Hospital Center, you can trust us to stay with you throughout your journey. You benefit from our comprehensive cancer care program, including teams of diverse medical specialists and disciplines and the key support services to help you make the best choices for your cancer care.

Our clinical team–including dedicated breast surgeons>–know you as a unique individual and approach your care accordingly. We create a personalized plan for your treatment and follow-up care tailored to your specific situation. You'll also appreciate our Certified Breast Patient Navigator and Certified Breast Care Nurse, who welcome and guide you every step of the way.

Recognized for superior breast health care, Reston Hospital's Breast Center is accredited by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) as a Breast Center of Excellence. And our Women's Imaging Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. We offer an extensive range of programs and facilities for breast cancer care, including:

  • Digital mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast biopsy – stereotactic and ultrasound-guided
  • Chemotherapy and infusion
  • Radiation therapy, including accelerated partial breast irradiation (via mammoSite) five-day treatment
  • Breast reconstruction

Explore women's care services at Reston Hospital that expand your options for comprehensive breast health care close to home.

Learn more about breast cancer in our online Health Library.