What is paget disease of the breast?

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Paget disease of the breast: Overview

Paget disease of the breast is a type of cancer. Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the breast. In Paget disease of the breast, some people notice a change in the skin of their nipple and the area around the nipple (areola). The skin can be reddish and scaly. Other people don't notice any skin changes but do have pain, burning, or itching on their nipple.

In most cases, there is also some cancer in the breast outside of the nipple area. This type of cancer is treated like other breast cancers, with surgery. You may have breast-conserving surgery and radiation. Mastectomy is also an option.

How can you care for yourself when you have Paget disease of the breast?

There are things you can do at home to help manage the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment. Your doctor may also give you medicines to help with certain side effects.

  • Take your medicines exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor if you think you are having a problem with your medicine.
  • Eat healthy food. If you are having problems eating, talk to your doctor. They can refer you to a dietitian who can help.
  • Get some physical activity every day, but do not get too tired.
  • Take steps to manage your stress, such as learning relaxation techniques. Getting enough sleep and taking time to do things you enjoy can also help with stress.
  • Think about joining a support group. Or discuss your concerns with your doctor or a counselor.

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