Breast cancer is usually a very treatable disease, and survival rates are at an all-time high. That said, receiving a diagnosis, undergoing treatment, or navigating recovery can be challenging and confusing. Our Huntington Cares program has put together some breast cancer resources and answers to frequently asked questions.
Cancer Fighters: If you have or had cancer and are looking for resources, click here.
Screening & Risk Reduction: If you are looking for resources for screening and risk reduction, click here.
Breast cancer screening saves lives. Learn more about how our Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center can provide imaging services for screening or diagnostic needs.
The Huntington Cancer Center has developed cancer screening guidelines, bringing together the most up-to-date recommendations from the American Cancer Society and other leading cancer authorities.
Explore our cancer screening guidelines here. You’ll find Breast Cancer screening guidelines as well as recommendations for other common cancer screenings that may help you or a family member be proactive in managing your health.
You should also be familiar with breast cancer signs and symptoms so you can be a proactive part of maintaining your health.
Breast cancer is not completely preventable, but by living a healthy lifestyle, your risk can be significantly reduced.
A few healthy recommendations for all women to keep in mind:
- If you’re over 40 years old, get a mammogram every year.
- Know your breast density: this can determine the best screening option for you.
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Download our helpful PDF about how diet and exercise can reduce your risk of cancer or cancer recurrence.
- Limit your alcohol consumption.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- For postmenopausal women: limit or avoid taking hormones.
- Know your risk, including family history.
- Perform monthly breast self exams.
Watch the short video below for instructions on performing your monthly self breast exams. 5 minutes could save your life!
You’re at the right place, the Breast Cancer program at the Huntington Cancer Center is renowned for breast cancer care and comprehensive support.
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, the most important thing to remember is that breast cancer is very treatable. The goal of treatment is a cure, as well as maintaining your quality of life.
As you meet with your doctors, nurse navigators and other medical professionals, you may hear a lot of terms that are new to you.
If you’ve received a pathology report but aren’t completely sure what it means, we’ve created this quite guide to help explain the important components of the report.
Genetic testing is gaining a larger role in breast cancer treatment and understanding recurrence risks.
We provide ongoing care for our cancer survivors, including ongoing support groups, upcoming educational seminars, and updates regarding advances in breast cancer treatment and follow-up.
Learn more by downloading our Moving Forward after Treatment PDF.
Common Symptoms for Breast Cancer Survivors
- Vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats) . Download our PDF to learn more about vasomotor symptoms.
- Lymphedema. Download our Lymphedema PDF to learn more.
- Sexual dysfunction (loss of libido, pain with intercourse). Download our PDF to learn more about sexual dysfunction.
- Arthralgias (joint pain). Download our PDF to learn more about arthralgias.
You should discuss any symptoms you are experiencing with your oncologist to learn about treatment options which are right for you.
Preventing Cancer Recurrence
Many of the tips in the above section “How do I reduce my risk of cancer (or Cancer Recurrence)” are great general guidelines.
Diet and exercise play an important role both during and after cancer treatment. Download our helpful PDF about how diet and exercise can reduce your risk of cancer or cancer recurrence.
The current American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) guidelines for follow-up after breast cancer treatment can be found here. In addition, once you complete treatment it is important for you to keep a record of your own personal cancer treatment information.
Our Cancer Center has developed a customized Survivorship Treatment Plan for our program, which will help you record important information about your cancer treatment and outline your individual follow-up plan.