The well-trained medical professionals at Marina del Rey Hospital can provide a wide variety of treatment options for breast tumors, depending on the type and particularities of the condition. If you have been diagnosed with a benign tumor, our specialists can offer you regular and careful monitoring. If you have been diagnosed with a malignant tumor, our highly skilled surgeons and oncologists will do all in their power to ensure the most positive outcome. Radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery are only a few of the treatments for malignant breast tumors available at Marina del Rey Hospital.
A tumor is an abnormal cell growth that forms a mass. A breast tumor occurs when such a mass is detected in the breast in the form of a breast lump. Breast tumors can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). Although most are non-cancerous, patients who suspect a breast lump should seek a doctor's advice immediately.
The breast of a mature woman contains fat, connective tissue, and small lobules which produce milk (glandular tissue). During breast feeding, the milk passes through small ducts from the lobules to the nipple. These glandular tissues or ducts can be the starting point of a tumor.
Benign tumors rarely need removal. If their growth is aggressive in the surrounding tissues, surgical removal may be required. Tumor severity and aggressiveness are most often assessed through biopsy.
The treatment of malignant tumors is based on the evaluation of their type, stage, grade, and sensitivity to hormones. A patient's overall health and personal situation are also taken into account.
There are two types of tumors and many conditions that fall under these types.
If at any time you find such symptoms—especially a lump in the breast—you should consult your doctor immediately, even if a recent mammogram came back normal. In order to detect any change, you should be familiar with your breasts and examine them regularly.
For patients over 50 years of age, periodic screenings, X-rays and mammograms are mandatory.
The grades system is used to classify malignant tumors by severity of the mutation, or the deviation from normal cells. Grades also indicate the likelihood of a tumor spreading. They are useful for choosing the treatment approach. The severity of the tumor starts from a low grade and can move from intermediate grade to high grade, which represents an aggressive tumor.
Stages show the progress of the disease. They are useful for planning treatment, much like the grades. The stages are based on the following factors:
Other Tests Used for Staging
The exact cause of benign tumors is not known, but hormones are most likely involved in their occurrence. Breast abscesses are caused by bacterial infection.
Damaged DNA is the cause of cancer development, but the cause of DNA damage is not known.
Malignant breast tumor risk factors:
Risk factors fhat fan fe avoided:
Breast cancer may develop in patients who exhibit no risk factors. People who do exhibit risk factors may also never develop breast cancer.
The efficacy and safety of alternative therapies for breast tumors is unknown. Their usage as a primary treatment method is not recommended.
Alternative treatments for the relief of treatment side effects, like serious fatigue, include:
The best way to help prevent breast tumors is to undergo regular breast exams, mammograms and clinical examinations. Talk to your doctor about when to start periodical screenings.
Other preventive steps for average risk patients include:
For high risk patients:
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