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Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

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Methodist Cancer Center's continued commitment to research helps us to improve present and future cancer care. Learn about our current cancer-related clinical trials.

You may be aware that breast cancer is the form of cancer most likely to affect women, but did you know that survival rates have also been improving steadily each year, thanks to early detection and advanced treatment? Methodist Cancer Center offers an exceptional quality of care for breast cancer at any stage, including prevention, detection, treatment and reconstructive surgery.

About Breast Cancer

Cancer of the breast most frequently falls into one of two categories: ductal carcinoma (a cancer occurring in the milk ducts of the nipple) or lobular carcinoma (a cancer occurring in the milk-producing lobules of the breast). These tumors may be invasive, spreading quickly to other tissues such as lymph nodes, or in situ (noninvasive). One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime, but exams such as mammograms, breast MRI, breast ultrasound, and regular self-exams can help find the cancer early and improve the outlook for treatment. Breast cancer may be treated through surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy), chemotherapy, radiation therapy, medication therapy (including targeted or biologic therapy, which targets specific changes in cells), or any combination of these treatments.

Support services – including genetic and nutritional counseling, psychosocial support, massage therapy and more – are available to help all patients through their treatment process. Methodist Cancer Center also recently opened the Houston Methodist Triple Negative Breast Cancer Clinic, a comprehensive clinic designed to integrate care for women with this rare form of breast cancer. Learn more about breast cancer diagnosis and care at the Methodist Breast Center and Methodist Breast Imaging Center.