Breast Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is cancer?
  2. What is breast cancer?
  3. What is metastatic breast cancer?
  4. Who gets breast cancer?
  5. What are the chances of surviving breast cancer?
  6. What are the most common risk factors for breast cancer?
  7. What factors do scientists look at when studying breast cancer prevention?
  8. Can exercise reduce the risk of developing breast cancer?
  9. Are there drugs that can reduce the risk of breast cancer?
  10. Should I perform regular breast self-exams?
  11. What is a prophylactic mastectomy?
  12. What is a prophylactic oophorectomy?
  13. What role do gene mutations play in breast cancer?
  14. What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
  15. What happens during a clinical breast exam?
  16. What happens during a mammogram?
  17. How often should I have a mammogram?
  18. What are some of the possible benefits of a mammogram?
  19. Are there any risks in having a mammogram?
  20. If a breast exam or mammogram does indicate the possibility of cancer, what happens next?
  21. Are there other procedures being developed that might be better at diagnosing breast cancer?
  22. If I do need to seek treatment for breast cancer, what are some of my options?
  23. What is a clinical trial and how do I know if it is right for me?
  24. Before treatment begins, I have heard that the doctor will stage the cancer. What is staging?
  25. What are the standard types of treatment for breast cancer?
  26. What kinds of surgery are available for women with breast cancer?
  27. What is involved in breast-conserving surgery?
  28. What does a mastectomy involve?
  29. Are there any treatments that follow surgery?
  30. How and when is breast reconstruction done?
  31. How is radiation therapy used to treat breast cancer?
  32. How is chemotherapy used to treat breast cancer?
  33. How is hormonal therapy used to treat breast cancer?
  34. What drugs are available to treat breast cancer?

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