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When you hear about cancer these days it is hard to really know what any one kind of cancer is. It has become such a generic term for something that affects almost every part of the body differently. I want to discuss one type in particular in this article today to hopefully give you some insight into a form of cancer that affect one in every 8 women at some point in their life. I am talking about breast cancer today, how it forms and what it does to the body. Breast cancer itself is a type of cancer that…as you can imagine is going to start in your breast.
When someone “gets” cancer this just means that there are cells within that certain part of the body that is starting to grow at a rapid and our of control rate. This is why you will see large masses in x-rays that are called tumors so if you feel a “lump” in your breast it is always good to get it checked out even if just for safety’s sake. The good news is that just because you have a lump on your breast does not mean that you have cancer of the breast. In fact, most lumps that are reported and have an x-ray used on them end up being malignant (non-cancerous). These will never spread outside of the breast, which is good, but it is important to note that even malignant tumors can increase your risk of getting breast cancer in the future.
Where it begins
Breast cancer itself does not always start in the same place for everyone, which is why it is so important to search the entire breast when checking yourself for lumps. You can either have cancer of the ducts, this is where the milk in the breast is carried out through the nipple and is the most common form of breast cancer. There is also a cancer that will attack the actual glands that make breast milk themselves which is known as lobular cancer. Less common cancers include sarcomas, lymphomas, angiosarcomas, and phyllodes tumors. if you develop any one of these your doctors will be able to diagnose you in order to better come up with a plan of action that fits best.
Regardless of which type of cancer you have, it cannot be determined which type it actually is until you have a biopsy done on the cells and they are their estrogen receptors are tested along with the progesterone receptors and HER2. These proteins and the tumor grade will be able to determine what you have and what kind of treatment options can be offered to you. Ideally you want to get this biopsied and tested as soon as possible to avoid being in a situation where the cancer cells begin to get into either your blood or your lymph nodes as this will cause the cancer to spread.
Cancer care team
If the worst happens, and you are told that you do have some form of cancer it is important to remember that you have options. You will be in touch with a cancer care team that will speak with you and they will make sure that you receive the best treatment options that you can based on your personal situation. The last thing you want to do is fight a battle like this alone, so make sure you are taking the time to speak with your friends, family, and doctors as often as you can in order to try and keep your spirits up. The power of being positive can sometimes be the guiding answer we need when we face times of darkness like this.
Types of specialists
Based on whatever type of breast cancer you do have at this point will then ultimately determine not only what type of treatment and team you will have for your situation. The kind of doctor also depends too, you may have a breast surgeon who specializes in treating breast cancer. A radiologist can determined if you need Generic Nolvadex to be treated. A medical oncologist who will use both chemotherapy AND medication to try and best treat the cancer. Or you might have a plastic surgeon who can help you reconstruct those parts of the body that may be altered. So talk to your doctor today if you feel like you might be at risk.