St. Helena Breast Cancer Treatment

We provide treatment for all types of breast cancer

All women should be aware of their risk for breast cancer. While some women will have higher risk factors than others, it is a fairly prominent disease even among healthy women without a family history with cancer.

This does not mean you need to be constantly worried about cancer. Receiving regular breast cancer screenings and knowing your risk factors goes a long way in ensuring you and your doctor can catch the disease in the early stages and improve your treatment options.

Know the symptoms

Breast cancer is usually detected through a mammogram, which most women receive once a year starting at age 40. However, you can also perform self-breast exams to look for abnormalities in between these appointments. Self-checks and regular mammograms are key components in the fight against breast cancer.

Noticeable symptoms of breast cancer may include:

  • Tender breasts
  • Breast pain
  • Swelling in the breast
  • Nipple pain, or the nipple turning inward
  • Red, scaly patch on the breast or nipple
  • Nipple discharge that is not breast milk
  • A lump in the underarm area

You should schedule an appointment with a doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms. Remember, not all lumps in the breast are malignant. Often what you are seeing is a benign cyst, but you should still schedule an appointment to be sure.

Planning your breast cancer treatments

Breast cancer is easiest to treat in its earlier stages, while the later stages will require a more aggressive approach. There is no one approach to breast cancer treatment. Every patient is different and cancer takes many different forms. The most common approach to breast cancer treatment is as follows:

  • Surgery to remove the cancer and reconstruct the breast
  • Chemotherapy to eliminate remaining cancer cells
  • Radiation therapy if chemotherapy did not destroy all cancer cells
  • Hormone therapy if other treatments have failed and the cancer is hormone-receptor positive

You are not alone in this journey. Many women have been affected by breast cancer. In addition to assistance from our care team, you can also draw strength from breast cancer support groups, counseling, and community resources. We can help you create a holistic care plan.