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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Additional Breast Cancer Education
Did you know that breast cancer is the mostly commonly diagnosed cancer in Washington D.C. and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the District? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making it a great time to learn a little more about breast cancer screenings that can help detect breast cancer much earlier. They could even save your or your loved one's life.
For American women, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer after skin cancer. On average, one in eight women and one in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
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.