An estimated 268,600 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States. At Wellness Oncology & Hematology, the board-certified oncologists are skilled in diagnosing and treating breast cancer using the latest technologies. At both the West Hills and Tarzana, California, offices, you can expect comprehensive, concierge-style care from the caring and compassionate medical team throughout your treatment for breast cancer. If you have symptoms of breast cancer or concerns about your risk for cancer, schedule a consultation at the office nearest you by phone or by using the online booking feature.
Breast cancer is a common type of cancer that forms when a malignant, or cancerous, tumor grows in the cells of the breast. The cancerous cells are the result of mutations in the genes that control the growth of your cells.
A mutation can trigger the abnormal division and multiplication of cells that form in the breast and spread to your nearby lymph nodes, which increases your risk of the cancer spreading to other areas of your body.
Cancerous cells can develop in the ducts of the breast or in the lobules, the glands that produce milk. You can also develop malignant tumors in the fatty or connective tissues in the breast.
The earliest stages of breast cancer might not produce any symptoms. As the tumor begins to grow, you may see or feel a noticeable lump in the breast.
Other symptoms of breast cancer vary from person to person and can include:
You could also notice swelling or a lump underneath your arm surrounding lymph nodes.
While these symptoms are common with breast cancer, lumps and other breast cancer symptoms don’t guarantee you have the condition. For this reason, it’s important to schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Wellness Oncology & Hematology as soon as possible.
The Wellness Oncology & Hematology medical team confirm breast cancer and how far it’s advanced through on-site diagnostic testing. This usually includes an imaging test, known as a mammogram, and/or an analysis of breast tissue taken during a biopsy.
Your Wellness Oncology & Hematology provider can also provide you with self-check guidance to help you identify breast cancer early through at-home breast exams, especially if you have a family history of breast cancer or a personal history of other types of cancer. Early detection is an important part of a successful recovery from breast cancer.
Your treatment plan depends on how advanced your cancer is and the nature of your symptoms. The Wellness Oncology & Hematology oncologists stay on the leading edge of breast cancer treatments.
In many cases, treating breast cancer involves a combination of medications, surgery, and radiation to destroy cancerous cells and prevent the disease from spreading.
The Wellness Oncology & Hematology medical team work closely with you to find the right treatment options for your cancer, focusing on protecting your quality of life and overall health.
If you have a family history of breast cancer or discover a lump in your breast, don’t delay an evaluation. Schedule a consultation at Wellness Oncology & Hematology today by phone or by booking an appointment online.