An estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in American women each year. Compassionate Oncology Medical Group in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, provides diagnostic testing and preventive screenings to identify cancer as early as possible. Shahrooz Eshaghian, MD, also offers individualized breast cancer treatment plans in both early and advanced stages. Learn more about the comprehensive breast cancer treatments available for men and women by calling Compassionate Oncology Medical Group or by requesting a consultation online today.
Breast cancer develops in the breast when cells begin to grow abnormally. These cells can form a visible tumor on imaging tests or as a lump you can feel in breast tissue.
Many breast cancers in women start in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple. You can also develop cancer in the other breast tissues. Malignant (cancerous) cells can also spread outside your breast to your lymph nodes and other areas of your body.
Breast lumps can be hard or soft. You might also experience pain in your breast near the lump. Other common symptoms of breast cancer include:
While not all tumors are cancerous, the presence of a lump can increase risk factors for getting breast cancer in both men and women. For this reason, it’s important that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Compassionate Oncology Medical Group for lumps or other noticeable changes in your breasts.
If you have symptoms of breast cancer, Dr. Eshaghian will perform a breast exam to identify lumps. He may order a mammogram or ultrasound of your breast to determine if you need further testing.
A biopsy may be necessary to confirm or rule out breast cancer. This minimally invasive procedure involves removing samples of breast tissue for further analysis. A biopsy can also determine the severity (stage) of the cancer.
Breast cancer treatment depends on the stage of your cancer and your general health. In the early stages of cancer, you might need surgery to remove the tumor (lumpectomy) from your breast tissue.
If you have more advanced breast cancer, Dr. Eshaghian might suggest removing your entire breast (mastectomy) or both breasts to reduce your risk factors for a recurrence.
In addition to removing a lump or the entire breast, Dr. Eshaghian may remove surrounding lymph nodes to further reduce your future cancer risk. Chemotherapy and radiation may also follow your surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
To learn more about preventive screenings and breast cancer treatment options, call Compassionate Oncology Medical Group or request a consultation online today.