What is Breast Cancer?

In the United States, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Although it is more common in women, men can also have breast cancer. A lump can be found on a self-breast exam, by a doctor’s breast exam or an irregular area may be found on an imaging study such ultrasound, mammogram or mri. The next step includes obtaining a sample of the breast tissue of concern. The biopsy might be performed in our office, by a radiologist or in the operating room. There are different types of breast cancer. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) arises in the ducts of the breast and has not spread beyond the breast tissue. Invasive breast cancer has spread beyond the ducts or the lobules in the breast. Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) arises from the lobules of the breast. It is a risk factor for developing cancer in the future. Breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes, liver, bone, lung, brain or other organs.

How Can We Help?

The treatment for breast cancer depends on a variety of factors and the treatment plan should be individualized. Patients with early stage breast cancer that are treated are often cured. Patients that are diagnosed with breast cancer have a number of surgical options available. A lumpectomy involves removing the cancerous portion of the breast plus a small surrounding area of noncancerous breast tissue. A Mastectomy surgery involves removing the nipple, a small amount of surrounding skin, and the underlying breast tissue. It is an individual choice if a woman would like to pursue reconstruction. If the breast cancer is invasive, then sampling of the lymph nodes under the arm will be performed.

Who to Contact

Dr. Charlie Jones and Dr. Susan Hagen are general, vascular and thoracic surgeons with over 30 years of experience. To make an appointment, please call 303-443-2123.