Table of Contents

The theory of the sick lobe.
Lobar anatomy of human breast and its importance for breast cancer.
Breast cancer may originate in utero: the importance of the intrauterine environment for breast cancer development.
Genetic alterations in normal and malignant breast tissue.
The role of ductal lavage: a cautionary tale.
The distribution of the earliest forms of breast carcinoma.
The implications of the imaging manifestations of multifocal and diffuse breast cancers.
Lobar ultrasound of the breast.
The lobar distribution of the lesions in breast carcinoma: ductoscopy and surgery.
Strop breast cancer now!: imagining imaging pathways towards search, destroy, cure, and watchful waiting of premetastasis breast cancer.
Epilogue: the diseased breast lobe in the context of X-chromosome inactivation and differentiation waves. The theory of the sick lobe states that breast carcinoma is a lobar disease developing most often within a single lobe, meaning that, at an early stage, breast carcinoma occupies a limited, anatomically well-defined portion of the breast. This theory unites observed patterns from the genetic, developmental and morphological perspectives, into an overall concept. "Breast Cancer: A Lobar Disease," presents this hypothesis and its consequences. The body of evidence, pro and contra, generated in recent years will be presented in this volume. The chapters, all authored by leading experts.