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The Importance Of Prompt
Diagnosis & Treatment

Breast cancer is a type of malignancy that originates in the breast tissue and can spread to other parts of the body if not addressed promptly. It is crucial to prioritize regular screenings, such as mammograms, to detect any abnormalities at an early stage. Prompt diagnosis and treatment play a vital role in improving outcomes and increasing the chances of successful recovery. Consult with Comprehensive Surgery Specialists in Stone Ridge to ensure timely intervention and comprehensive care.

Thorough Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

When it comes to breast cancer, an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for determining the appropriate treatment. The diagnostic process may involve various tests, including mammograms, biopsies, ultrasound, MRI scans, and genetic testing. These tests help determine the presence of cancer, its stage, and other factors that guide treatment. Our medical team employs a multidisciplinary approach to ensure a thorough diagnosis, providing you with the most effective treatment options tailored to your needs.

Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer:

  • A lump or thickening in the breast or underarm area
  • Changes in breast size, shape, or appearance
  • Nipple changes, such as inversion, discharge, or scaling
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Redness or pitting of the breast skin, resembling an orange peel
  • Swelling in the lymph nodes near the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the breast skin
  • Persistent breast or nipple itching

Note: These symptoms may not necessarily indicate breast cancer, but it is essential to promptly consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis.

Self-Examination for Breast Cancer

Performing regular self-examinations can help in detecting any changes or abnormalities in your breasts. Here’s a simple guide for self-examination:

  1. Stand in front of a mirror and inspect your breasts for changes in size, shape, or texture.
  2. Raise your arms and check for any visible changes or abnormalities.
  3. Use your fingertips to feel for lumps or thickening in your breasts and underarms.
  4. Report any unusual findings to your healthcare provider for further evaluation.

Remember, self-examinations are not a substitute for professional screenings, so schedule regular check-ups and screenings for comprehensive breast health care.

Treatment for Malignant & Benign Growths

At Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, we offer comprehensive treatment for both malignant and benign growths and tumors. Our skilled team of healthcare professionals specializes in developing personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique condition. For malignant growths, treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or immunotherapy. Benign growths often require surgical removal from our surgical specialists for symptomatic relief or prevention of complications.

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Professional Screening for Breast Cancer

Clinical Breast Exams

Clinical breast exams are performed by healthcare professionals to assess the breasts for any abnormalities. During the exam, the provider will carefully feel the breasts and underarms for lumps, changes in texture, or other signs of concern. Clinical breast exams complement mammograms and can help detect potential breast cancer early, providing an opportunity for prompt diagnosis and treatment. Regular clinical breast exams are recommended as part of comprehensive breast health care.

Mammograms

Mammograms are specialized X-ray examinations of the breasts to detect early signs of breast cancer. The procedure involves compressing the breast between two plates to capture detailed images. Mammograms can identify small lumps or calcifications that may indicate breast cancer, even before they can be felt during a physical examination. Mammograms are essential for early detection and are typically recommended for women above a certain age or with specific risk factors.

Surgical Options for Breast Cancer

Lumpectomy

A lumpectomy is a surgical option for early-stage breast cancer where the tumor and a margin of surrounding healthy tissue are removed. Also known as breast-conserving surgery, it aims to preserve the breast while effectively treating the cancer. Following the procedure, radiation therapy may be recommended to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. Lumpectomy offers a less invasive approach, ensuring the preservation of breast appearance.

Mastectomy

A mastectomy is a surgical option for breast cancer that involves the removal of the entire breast tissue. It may be recommended for larger tumors, cases of multiple tumors, or when the patient prefers a more aggressive approach. Mastectomy can be accompanied by breast reconstruction to restore the shape and appearance of the breast. This procedure ensures the complete removal of cancerous tissue, reducing the risk of recurrence.

Lymph Node Removal

Lymph node removal, also known as axillary lymph node dissection, is a surgical procedure performed in conjunction with breast cancer surgery. During the surgery, the lymph nodes in the underarm area are removed and examined to determine if the cancer has spread beyond the breast. This procedure helps in staging the cancer and guides further treatment decisions. Lymph node removal plays a crucial role in assessing the extent of the disease.

Double Mastectomy

A double mastectomy is a surgical option where both breasts are surgically removed. It is typically chosen by individuals with a high risk of developing breast cancer due to genetic factors or a previous breast cancer diagnosis. This procedure aims to significantly reduce the risk of future breast cancer occurrences. While it is a personal decision, comprehensive counseling, and support are provided to individuals considering a double mastectomy.

Schedule Your Consultation

Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by Dr. Jacqueline Moore, a board-certified surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is your trusted destination for breast cancer treatment. If you have concerns or suspect any symptoms related to breast cancer, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. Our compassionate team, conveniently located in Stone Ridge, is dedicated to providing personalized care and guiding you through every step of your journey toward improved breast health.

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