Common Questions About Breast Cancer
Please find below answers to common frequently asked patient questions about breast cancer.
What causes breast cancer?
There is no one known cause for breast cancer. Genetics, having a family history, and other lifestyle or environmental factors can play a part.
Cancer begins when the cells of a breast undergo changes, leaving the cell damaged. The damaged cell then changes its growth pattern and mutation begins.
Are there different types of breast cancer?
There are approximately 15 different types of breast cancer. Tumors can develop from different types of breast tissue, in different parts of the breast, and may have differing characteristics. Breast cancers are named according to the part of the breast in which they develop.
What treatment options exist?
Typical treatments for breast cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and biologic therapy. At Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth, we are pleased to have an multidisciplinary team available to meet with you, review your test results, confer and determine recommendations for your treatment options and plan.