Breast Cancer:  Better Treatments Save More Lives

Breast Cancer: Better Treatments Save More Lives

Breast cancer can be treated with surgery, radiation and drugs (chemotherapy and hormonal therapy). Doctors may use one of these or a combination, depending on factors such as the type and location of the cancer....

Questions and Answers About Herceptin (Trastuzumab)

Questions and Answers About Herceptin (Trastuzumab)

Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a monoclonal antibody. It belongs to a group of drugs made in the laboratory that are designed to attack specific cancer cells. Herceptin is given intravenously (by injection into a blood vessel) to treat some breast cancers....

Understanding Breast Changes, Part III

Understanding Breast Changes, Part III

Many of the factors that influence your chances of developing breast cancer--your age or inheritance of a breast cancer susceptibility gene--are beyond your control....

Understanding Breast Changes, Part II

Understanding Breast Changes, Part II

Over her lifetime, a woman can encounter a broad variety of breast conditions. These include normal changes that occur during the menstrual cycle as well as several types of benign lumps....

Understanding Breast Changes, Part I

Understanding Breast Changes, Part I

More women are getting breast cancer, but no one yet knows all the reasons why. Some of the increase can be traced to better ways of recognizing cancer and detecting cancers in an early stage....

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

It is believed that inherited alterations (called mutations) in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are involved in 30 to 70 percent of all inherited cases of breast cancer....

About Male Breast Cancer

About Male Breast Cancer

Male breast cancer is rare, accounting for less than 1% of all cases of breast cancer. The average age of men who are found to have breast cancer is between 60 and 70 years of age, although men of all ages can develop breast cancer....

Breast Cancer and Pregnancy

Breast Cancer and Pregnancy

To detect breast cancer, pregnant and nursing women should examine their breasts and undergo a breast examination as part of the routine prenatal examination by a doctor....