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Breast Cancer

Definition

Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast. The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the milk ducts (thin tubes that carry milk from the lobules of the breast to the nipple). Another type of breast cancer is lobular carcinoma, which begins in the lobules (milk glands) of the breast. Invasive breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread from where it began in the breast ducts or lobules to surrounding normal tissue. Breast cancer occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.

Treatments*

The most common form of treatment for breast cancer is surgery. This involves removing the tumor and nearby margins. Surgical options may include a lumpectomy, partial mastectomy, radical mastectomy, and reconstruction.

Side Effects*

Long-term and late side effects may include: fatigue, headaches, pain & numbness, dental issues, lymphedema, musculoskeletal symptoms, bone loss & osteoporosis, heart problems, new cancers, cataracts, blood clots, absence of menstrual periods, menopausal symptoms, secual difficulties, infertility, chemo brain

Tips and Tricks

Always do a self-breast exam. YOU have a choice! I went back to work and formed a network of friends I could cry and laugh with. Later, I joined a terrific breast cancer support group. I was able to keep up with all the advances  in breast cancer treatment & participated in Komen’s Race for the Cure. Reach to recovery did see me initially but now you have nurse navigators.
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Additional Resources

The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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