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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer), and it begins within the glandular tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. Each year in the United States, about 227,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Maryland Oncology Hematology offers an integrated team-oriented approach to provide patients with the best possible care during their breast cancer journey. We are also eager to explain the facts and answer your questions at every step of the way. Our team of dedicated, highly-trained physicians and staff are committed to providing the highest quality, compassionate care to our patients during their care with us.

Understanding Breast Cancer

Review this section's important information about breast cancer detection and diagnosis, staging, treatment options, as well as breast reconstruction and other helpful information as you prepare for an appointment with your oncologist. After reviewing these sections, ask your cancer care team any additional questions that you may have about your individual situation.

6 Surprising Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer

It’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, know the risk factors, and perform self-examinations regularly to detect breast cancer at the earliest possible stages. This involves regular self-examinations and watching for changes that are specific to your breasts, but some of the signs or symptoms of breast cancer might not be what your expecting.

Just Diagnosed with Breast Cancer?

We understand that a new diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Our team will be with you every step of the way, from creating a treatment plan, getting a second opinion, and what to expect after treatment - including breast reconstruction surgery. We will arrange your consultation quickly so you can get the information you need.

Also, our team of breast cancer specialists will help you, and your family, make individualized treatment decisions. During this process, you will gain the knowledge and confidence to help manage your breast cancer and continue with routine activities of daily life.

Breast Cancer Types

Your breast cancer treatment will depend on the specific type or category of breast cancer that you’ve been diagnosed with, whether it’s invasive or non-invasive, and the hormone receptor status. There are certain types of breast cancer that are more common than others.

Treatment Options for Breast Cancer

Your breast cancer specialist at Maryland Oncology Associates will work together with you to develop a breast cancer treatment plan that’s best for you based on your type of breast cancer, hormone receptors that are present, stage of your breast cancer and various other factors. Your treatment options may include:

Reconstruction Surgery After Breast Cancer

If your breast cancer treatment plan requires a mastectomy, you might choose to undergo breast reconstruction. There are many types of reconstruction depending on your age, body type, and type of breast cancer surgery that you had. You and an oncoplastic surgeon will explore your breast reconstruction options together before a decision is made.

Breast Cancer Research & Clinical Trials

The cancer research team at Maryland Oncology Hematology, along with the US Oncology Network, are leading the way to find new and improved breast cancer treatment options. This includes studying a new triple negative breast cancer treatment option through a clinical trial that is now available at six locations across Maryland and Washington D.C. - including Bethesda, Clinton, Rockville, Columbia, Silver Spring, and Wheaton.

We are always looking for the latest cancer treatment options for our patients and are also involved with many other types of breakthrough breast cancer research studies. Click for a full list of our available breast cancer clinical trials.

Breast Cancer Support Services

From local support groups and genetic risk testing to financial counseling and suggestions on wigs, breast prosthesis and beauty accessories, the specialists at Maryland Oncology Hematology are here to help you during every step of your cancer journey.

Visit the National Cancer Institute where this information and more can be found about breast cancer including side effects of treatments, support information and more.

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