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Breast Cancer

Choice Cancer Care -  - Board Certified Medical Oncologist

Choice Cancer Care

BOARD CERTIFIED MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS, RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS, & HEMATOLOGISTS LOCATED IN IRVING, TX; LEWISVILLE, TX; PLANO, TX; & SOUTHLAKE, TX

Although men do sometimes develop breast cancer, it's primarily a problem that affects women. The American Cancer Society reports that 40,000 women die every year from breast cancer, but the board-certified oncologists at Choice Cancer Care can help you avoid being one of those statistics. At their locations in Plano, Lewisville, Irving, and Southlake, Texas, the team uses the latest diagnostic techniques, and advanced forms of treatment such as MammoSite® targeted radiation therapy and Hidden Scar® breast cancer surgery. Find out more by calling the Choice Cancer Care location closest to you or schedule a consultation online today.

Breast Cancer Q & A

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer affects breast tissue or mammary glands when mutated cells rapidly multiply to create a tumor.

The disease mainly affects women, but men can get breast cancer too. There are different types of breast cancer, including:  

  • Angiosarcoma
  • Invasive lobular carcinoma
  • Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
  • Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
  • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Paget's disease of the breast

Women are more likely to develop breast cancer than almost any other form of cancer, sometimes proving fatal without timely treatment. However, your chances of survival increase significantly with expert therapy at Choice Cancer Care.

What symptoms does breast cancer cause?

A lump or change in your breast is the primary symptom of breast cancer. Your breast's size, appearance, or shape may alter. Other possible symptoms include skin changes such as dimpling, redness, or pitting, peeling, crusting, or flaking skin, or a newly inverted nipple.

Breast lumps are often due to comparatively harmless conditions like cysts. However, because there’s a chance your symptoms could be cancer, you should always seek medical advice.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

A breast exam and mammogram are the two primary methods of identifying breast cancer. A mammogram is a special kind of breast X-ray needed at regular intervals recommended by your health provider.

While it's possible to detect most breast cancers using these techniques, other approaches are sometimes necessary, such as breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI). This is a molecular breast imaging technology that can detect cancers that are hard to find or diagnose.

How is breast cancer treated?

Breast cancer treatment typically consists of surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Hormone therapy using tamoxifen medication can also help by limiting the estrogen levels in your breasts.

The Choice Cancer Care team offers advanced forms of therapy, such as:

  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • RapidArc® radiotherapy
  • MammoSite® targeted radiation therapy
  • Hidden Scar® breast cancer surgery

If your tumor is large, the Choice Cancer Care team might suggest you begin with a course of chemotherapy before breast surgery. Chemotherapy helps shrink the cancer and improve your chances of avoiding a full mastectomy (breast removal).

If you need surgery for breast cancer, your surgeon performs a lumpectomy (removal of the cancerous lump only) wherever possible rather than a mastectomy.

If you've noticed changes in your breasts or the appearance of any lumps, don't delay in contacting Choice Cancer Care for a swift diagnosis and effective treatment. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.