In rare cases when a mammogram, breast ultrasound or MRI can’t quite rule out breast cancer, a breast biopsy may be necessary. In a biopsy, cells or tissue from a concerning area in the breast are removed for an experienced pathologist to examine. These tissue samples help doctors determine with more certainty whether or not cancer is present.
As if dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis isn’t complicated enough, there are potential side effects like lymphedema that can occur during treatment and even years after treatment is completed. Lymphedema, when it occurs, is a build-up of lymph fluid usually in the arm, hand, breast or torso after lymph node removal or radiation therapy to a lymph node region. In most cases it develops slowly over time. Some breast cancer patients are never bothered by it. There’s no way to predict who will develop lymphedema.
For a lot of people, the words “breast cancer” might suggest a single type of cancer with one type of treatment. In reality, “breast cancer” is an all-encompassing phrase to describe the many different types of cancers that can affect the breasts. Let’s talk about the most common types of breast cancers and how they can affect you.
Evidence continues to mount that exercise is beneficial for breast cancer survivors during and after treatment. Numerous studies suggest that exercise not only helps lessen the side effects of treatment, but may also help prevent cancer recurrence.
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While there is a lot of good information regarding breast cancer, there’s also misinformation that continues to be spread about this potentially life-threatening disease. Here are five common myths regarding breast cancer and the real truth about each one.