Breast cancer is cancer that originates in the tissue of the breasts, generally the inner lining of the milk ducts. As with most cancers, if left untreated, it can spread from the breasts and affect other parts of the body. The overwhelming majority of breast cancer cases occur in women, but men are also susceptible to contracting it. At the Beverly Hills Cancer Center we are proud to provide among the best breast cancer treatment Los Angeles has available.
Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer
There are many symptoms of breast cancer, including:
- A lump in one or both breasts that feels different from the surrounding tissue
- Bloody discharge from the nipple
- Altered shape and appearance of the breast
- Changes in the breast skin, such as pitting like an orange peel and/or redness
- Inverted nipple
- Dry, peeling or flaking skin on the nipple or breast
- Vague thickening of the breast tissue
If you feel a lump in one or both breasts, make an appointment with your doctor. Additionally, if you experience any of the symptoms listed above, it is wise to see your doctor, even though you may not have breast cancer. The experienced physicians at the Beverly Hills Cancer Center have earned themselves a reputation as among the top breast cancer doctors in Los Angeles.
Breast Cancer Treatment
Because breast cancer accounts for 22.9% of all cancers in women, the treatment options are innumerable. While it may seem overwhelming, it signifies major progress in the ability to treat this disease. Your breast cancer doctor will go over these options with you, compiling a treatment plan that is effective.
The breast cancer treatment plan is determined by whether it is invasive or non-invasive. It may also be referred to as local or systemic cancer. Local cancers are in one location and can be surgically removed while systemic cancers have spread to other parts of the body and need a combined therapy approach to eliminate the migrating cancer cells.
Non-invasive cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the earliest stage of cancer. It occurs in a milk duct in the breast and has not spread out of the duct. Treatment for non-invasive cancer involves surgically removing the cancer, possibly followed by a course of radiation or hormone therapy. The vast majority of women now choose a lumpectomy over a mastectomy when offered the choice. There is no difference in outcome; this is a matter of personal choice.
Invasive breast cancer is treated using a combination of surgery, radiation, targeted drug therapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy as determined by the type of tumor and the stage of the cancer. Some of the latest therapies, such as targeted drug therapy, have far less severe side effects. Breast cancer treatment in Los Angeles can now be exactly tailored to the individual’s gene response and other factors, allowing our doctors to create an individual treatment blueprint.
Our cancer specialists are fully current on the latest scientific studies, and combined with our state of the art equipment, are well equipped to provide cutting edge breast cancer treatment. Los Angeles residents are fortunate to have the many choices available for treatment within this facility, which exists solely to treat cancer. At the Beverly Hills Cancer Center you will be receive no less than the very best in your breast cancer treatment in your personalized plan at our private Los Angeles facility.
First and foremost are surgical options, including:
- Lumpectomy, in which the tumor itself as well as some surrounding healthy tissue is removed.
- Mastectomy, which removes the entire breast leaving only a small portion of breast skin. In a skin-sparing mastectomy, the breast skin is left in place for reconstructive purposes.
- Lymph node removal, to handle any lymph nodes that may have received lymph drainage from the tumor
- Double mastectomy, removing both breasts if the other, healthy breast has an increased risk of cancer.
Should any of these be necessary, breast reconstruction surgery is an option to maintain a feminine appearance. The Beverly Hills Cancer Center will connect you with some of the finest cosmetic surgeons in Los Angeles, ensuring your rightful figure.
Radiation therapy is another commonly used treatment option, and is often done in conjunction with surgery. This highly precise radiation is focused directly on the tumor, killing the cancerous cells. In the case of breast cancer, it is typically done using external beam radiation, but in some cases your doctor may opt for internal radiation therapy, called brachytherapy.
Chemotherapy is often used at different stages of breast cancer treatment. This is an intravenous method of using drugs to target the tumor and cancer symptoms. If the cancer is high risk and may return, chemotherapy is often prescribed to prevent that from occurring. Other times it may be delivered before surgery to decrease the size of the tumor before its removal. Chemotherapy can also be used when cancer has spread to other parts of the body to manage symptoms.
There are several other treatment options available through our expert breast cancer doctors, including hormone therapy and targeted drugs. Hormone therapy is used in cancers that are sensitive to hormones. This treatment blocks hormones from reaching the tumor, preventing its growth. Targeted drugs are used to precisely attack specific traits of cancer cells, causing them to die. Whatever your specific conditions may be, the experts at Beverly Hills Cancer Center will work diligently to compose a treatment plan that has maximum effectiveness with minimal discomfort to the patient. Our physicians are highly experienced and you can rest assured knowing that you will receive the best breast cancer treatment Los Angeles has to offer.
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