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Comprehensive breast centers to help women with breast cancer treatment, prevention, screening and diagnosis.

What is Mastectomy?

Most breast cancer treatments require some combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Mastectomy refers to the surgical removal of the breast, but not necessarily the whole breast. […]

By | November 16, 2015|Categories: Breast Surgery|0 Comments

Chemotherapy Side Effects in Breast Cancer Patients

Medical advancements allow us to treat breast cancer more effectively than ever before. However, side effects can occur as a result of treatment. Many breast cancer patients receive some combination of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Chemotherapy side effects can range from being a temporary nuisance to having a sustained negative impact on quality of life. As oncologists, it is our job to help patients avoid, lessen or completely eliminate such side effects. […]

By | November 9, 2015|Categories: Oncology|0 Comments

Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy is one of the most common treatment methods for fighting breast cancer. Typically used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy helps to kill breast cancer cells whether they reside within the breast or have managed to escape throughout the body. […]

By | October 26, 2015|Categories: Oncology|0 Comments

Breastlink Partners with Researchers to Explore Atezolizumab in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Patients

Breastlink has partnered with researchers to explore an investigational cancer immunotherapy called atezolizumab (MPDL3280A) in the treatment of metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. In early-stage trials, atezolizmab was effective in patients previously treated for triple-negative breast cancer. A new trial will investigate atezolizumab with chemotherapy in metastatic triple-negative breast cancer patients who have not received prior systemic therapy for incurable disease. […]

By | October 19, 2015|Categories: Cancer Research, Oncology, Press Releases|0 Comments

What is a Lumpectomy?

Lumpectomy refers to the surgical removal of a lump or mass from the breast. During a typical lumpectomy procedure, your surgeon will remove a lump, be it cancerous or benign, from the breast along with some nearby healthy tissue to make sure nothing was left behind. […]

By | October 12, 2015|Categories: Breast Surgery|0 Comments

Addressing Some Questions About Breast Cancer

One of the things I love most about my job is the opportunity afforded to me to be involved in educating patients. Every year, Susan G. Komen® Orange County hosts a series of educational lectures to help patients better understand breast cancer. Events such as these offer me an opportunity to reach out to many at once. This year, I was honored to speak as part of this series to help answer some questions about breast cancer. For those who were unable to attend, some of the topics discussed are addressed below. […]

By | October 5, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Risks, Dr. Lisa Curcio, Nutrition, Oncology|0 Comments

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema refers to abnormal and persistent swelling and can occur in the arms or legs. Lymphedema occurs when the flow of lymph fluid is obstructed. This condition is usually isolated to a single arm or leg, although it can present itself on multiple limbs. […]

By | September 28, 2015|Categories: Breast Conditions|0 Comments

Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Early detection of breast cancer offers women the best possible chance for optimal treatment. As with many cancers, breast cancer is more easily managed and treated when it is still small. To ensure early detection of breast cancer, women should educate themselves about appropriate screening and breast health care.

Why is Early Detection of Breast Cancer Important?

When breast cancer is diagnosed before it has spread or grown too large, it is more likely to be treated successfully. Five-year relative survival rates in women diagnosed with early stage breast cancers rise above 90 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.

However, this number drops to 22 percent in women diagnosed with late stage […]

By | September 14, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening|0 Comments

What is Lobular Breast Cancer?

When patients are diagnosed with breast cancer or other breast conditions, they may not always understand the terms used. There are several different kinds of breast cancer in addition to various other health conditions affecting the breasts. To better understand their breast health and to inform health care decisions, women should familiarize themselves with the anatomy of the breast and some breast-related health care terms.

Anatomy of the Breast

The female breast is mostly composed of adipose tissue, a type of connective tissue made up of fat cells. A network of lobes, lobules and ducts run through each breast. There are normally between 12 and 20 lobes within each breast and each […]

By | September 7, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer, Breast Conditions|0 Comments

Breast Cancer Detection

Learning about breast cancer detection can potentially save your life. Early detection of breast cancer provides the best chance for optimal treatment outcomes. For the last several decades, breast cancer awareness initiatives have helped to reduce deaths from breast cancer. To ensure breast cancer patients receive appropriate care, educational efforts on breast cancer detection continue to remain relevant.

Breast Self-Examination

Breast self-examination can enable breast cancer detection. Breast self-exam is ideally performed after each menstrual cycle when the breast tissue is least likely to be swollen.

To perform breast self-examination, look at your breasts in the mirror. Check that they are their normal size, shape and color. Look for signs of breast cancer, […]

By | August 31, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening|0 Comments
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