Common Questions About Breast Cancer
At our Phoenix cancer center, we understand that discovering you have breast cancer can be overwhelming and scary. But a little knowledge can help allay your fears. We’ve compiled this list of frequently asked questions to help you understand the basics about breast cancer and its treatment.
What Is the Current Recommendation for Breast Cancer Screenings?
The doctors at our Phoenix breast cancer treatment center, along with the Mayo Clinic, recommend annual mammograms for women older than 40. The American Cancer Society states they should begin at age 45. Other medical professionals believe that 50 is the age to begin screenings. The decision may come down to what your insurance company will cover.
How Will I Know if I Have Breast Cancer?
Your radiologist will look closely at your screening images to find abnormalities. He or she may recommend a biopsy if there is anything suspicious. A diagnosis will be made depending on the results.
If I Have Breast Cancer, What Survival Rate Can I Expect?
Early detection can lead to a 100 percent success rate for treatment. Long-term survival rates (more than 10 years) are harder to predict. Your doctor can give you a better idea of what to expect.
What Signs Indicate Breast Cancer Is Present?
Lumps in the breast or changes in the size or shape of the breast should be investigated. Often, lumps cannot be felt externally and are detected during screenings.
Will a Mastectomy Be Required if I Have Breast Cancer?
Not in all cases. Getting a lumpectomy followed by radiation can be effective.
What Are the Treatment Options for Breast Cancer?
There are many options and combinations of therapies available. Your oncologist will be able to explain your choices in our cancer center.
What Are the Side Effects of Radiation Therapy?
Patients generally report fatigue, irritated skin, shortness of breath, stiff shoulders, fever and coughing.
Find Answers to All Your Questions
We are happy to answer any questions you may have that are not covered here. Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation with a doctor.