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Types of Breast Cancer
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Invasive Breast Cancer
Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Metastatic Breast Cancer
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Breast Pain/Mastalgia?
What is Lobular Carcinoma is Situ?
What is Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia?
What are Estrogen and Progesterone recep
What is the HER-2/neu test?
What is Whole Breast Irradiation?
What is Partial Breast Irradiation?
What are the reconstruction options?
Why do we give chemotherapy?
What is Tamoxifen?
What Is Ductal Carcinoma in Situ?
Are there prognostic indicators?
Are there different types?
What is Nipple Discharge?
What is Breast Cancer?
How does Breast Cancer spread?
Who gets Breast Cancer?
What are the chances?
Does race play a role in incidence?
What are fibrocystic changes?
What are the physical signs?
How is Breast Cancer staged?
What are the Aromatase inhibitors?
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Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
Approximately 10-15% of breast cancers that are seen in the United States are categorized as locally advanced breast cancers. These cancers involve a large area of the breast and are considered inoperable or not curable by any existing surgical technique available today. Most women diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer are treated with chemotherapy prior to surgery in an attempt to reduce the size of the tumor and sometimes allowing a patient to even preserve her breast.  Upfront or neoadjuvant chemotherapy allows in vivo sensitivity testing of the cancer prior to surgery. Through monitoring, we are able to determine the tumor’s reaction to therapy. If a particular therapy is not yielding the desired results, other treatment options can be explored.

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