Breast Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is cancer?
  2. What is breast cancer?
  3. What is metastatic breast cancer?
  4. Do men get breast cancer?
  5. What are the chances of surviving breast cancer?
  6. What is the most important risk factor for breast cancer?
  7. What role do gene mutations play in breast cancer?
  8. What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
  9. Should I perform regular breast self-exams?
  10. What happens during a clinical breast exam?
  11. What happens during a mammogram?
  12. What are some of the possible benefits of a mammogram?
  13. How often should I have a mammogram?
  14. Is there any danger in having a mammogram?
  15. If a breast exam or mammogram does indicate the possibility of cancer, what happens next?
  16. Are there other procedures being developed that might be better at diagnosing breast cancer?
  17. If I do need to seek treatment for breast cancer, what are some of my options?
  18. What is a clinical trial and how do I know if it is right for me?
  19. Before treatment begins, I have heard that the doctor will stage the cancer. What is staging?
  20. What are the standard types of treatment for breast cancer?
  21. What kinds of surgery are available for women with breast cancer?
  22. What is involved in breast-conserving surgery?
  23. What does a mastectomy involve?
  24. Are there any treatments that follow surgery?
  25. How and when is breast reconstruction done?
  26. How is radiation therapy used to treat breast cancer?
  27. How is chemotherapy used to treat breast cancer?
  28. How is hormonal therapy used to treat breast cancer?
  29. What drugs are available?
  30. What is the best way to prevent breast cancer?
  31. What is the relationship between lifestyle and breast cancer?
  32. Are there new studies under way to try and reduce a woman's chance of getting breast cancer?
  33. Are there other options for someone with breast cancer?
  34. Where can I find a comprehensive analysis of research on breast cancer?

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