Why choose us for breast cancer care?
Our highly skilled breast cancer team is with you through every step of your care journey. You receive personalized treatments from medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons who specialize in breast cancer. You may be able to participate in our clinical trials, giving you access to some additional care options that are only available in top programs nationwide.
You’ll receive support and extra attention so you can focus on feeling better. Our breast cancer nurse navigator coordinates services and helps you push past challenges related to your care. You may also receive therapies to prevent side effects from getting in the way of your recovery.
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What you need to know about breast cancer
- It’s possible to have cancer without a lump in your breast. And having a lump doesn’t always mean you have breast cancer. The best way to know is by seeing experienced breast cancer specialists such as the ones at Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson.
- Some people have a higher risk of breast cancer due to their family history. Families can pass down gene mutations (changes) that may cause cancer. But in most cases, breast cancer affects people with no family history.
- On rare occasions, men get breast cancer. In addition to experts in breast cancer surgery in women, our team includes one of the few surgeons in South Texas who specialize in male breast cancer.
How to talk to your doctor about breast cancer
Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is often overwhelming. We help ease this burden by taking time to answer your questions. We also explain what to expect, including how treatments work and what you may experience during and after.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing you might need to determine the type of breast cancer or guide treatment decisions
- Cancer stage, the size of the cancer and whether it has spread, and what it means for your long-term health
- Treatment options, including any clinical trials you may be eligible for
- Potential treatment side effects and therapies to lessen their impact on your daily life
- Support to help you cope with the ways breast cancer may affect your mind, body and spirit
Keeping track of upcoming office visits and making care decisions can be challenging. Our team is here to help you. Many patients also take comfort in the assistance they receive from loved ones. Feel free to bring family members or trusted friends with you to your appointments.
Breast Cancer Types
We excel in treating a broad range of breast cancer types, including:
- Ductal carcinoma in situ occurs when cancer cells form in the small tubes (ducts) that enable milk to flow from the breast.
- Inflammatory breast cancer is fast-growing cancer that invades breast skin and nearby lymph nodes. It starts with what looks like a rash instead of a lump.
- Metastatic breast cancer happens when cancer cells spread from the breast to other parts of the body.
- Triple-negative breast cancer tests negative for hormones, such as growth estrogen, that help cancer cells grow.