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Oncology

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both breasts. These cancer cells can spread (metastasize) to nearby tissues and form a mass, called a tumor. The cells can spread within the breast, to nearby lymph nodes and other tissues, and to other parts of the body.

The most common type of breast cancer starts in the ducts of the breast. It's called ductal carcinoma.

Breast cancer can occur in anyone. And it can occur even after a breast reduction or a mastectomy.

How is breast cancer treated?

Treatment for breast cancer is based on the type and stage of the cancer and other things, such as your overall health. The main treatment is:

Surgery.

The doctor may remove just the part of the breast that contains the cancer (breast-conserving surgery). Or the doctor may remove the whole breast (mastectomy). Some lymph nodes under the arm may also be removed and checked for cancer.

Other treatment options may include:

Radiation therapy.

This uses high-dose X-rays to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors.

Chemotherapy.

These medicines kill fast-growing cells, including cancer cells and some normal cells.

Endocrine therapy.

These medicines block hormones that cause certain cancers to grow. This helps slow or stop cancer growth.

Other treatment options may include targeted therapy or immunotherapy. A clinical trial may be a good choice.

Your doctor will talk with you about your options and then make a treatment plan.

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