Many women with breast cancer have no symptoms, particularly in the early stages, when the disease is most treatable. This is why regular mammogram screenings are so important. Diagnostic options include:

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, your care team will next determine the extent of your cancer, measured in stages. Several factors go into this rating, including the size, location and spread of the cancer. The stages:

  • Stage 0: At this point, the cancer is non-invasive and hasn’t broken out of your breast ducts.
  • Stage I: The cancerous cells have spread into nearby breast tissue.
  • Stage II: This is a small tumor (2 to 5 centimeters) that may or may not affect the nearby lymph nodes.
  • Stage III: Usually referred to as locally advanced breast cancer, it has spread beyond the starting point and may have invaded nearby tissue and lymph nodes. At this point, it hasn’t spread to distant organs.
  • Stage IV: Called metastatic breast cancer, it has spread to other areas, such as your bones, liver or brain.

Treatment Options

Our fellowship-trained multidisciplinary team will work with you to determine the right care plan for your unique needs. Treatment options will vary, based on a range of factors, including the size and location of your tumor. Our multidisciplinary approach means you will have a comprehensive treatment plan drawing on the strengths of several specialists. Your treatment will likely include a combination of options:

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