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Breast Cancer & Conditions

Our Comprehensive Breast Program provides personalized, advanced care for patients with benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions as well as for those with breast cancer.

Benign Breast Conditions

Benign breast conditions are common and are not cancerous. Breasts can sometimes undergo changes that cause symptoms such as lumps, swelling, redness, pain or nipple problems. Having any of these symptoms does not mean you have cancer. During a complete breast exam, your doctor will clarify your condition and decide if you need diagnostic tests or treatment.

We treat many types of benign breast conditions, including:

  • Breast pain (mastodynia)
  • Breast infection (mastitis) and breast abscesses
  • Non-cancerous breast lumps (fibrocystic changes, fibroadenomas, lipomas cysts, papillomas)
  • Enlarged breast tissue in a man (gynecomastia)
  • Nipple problems (eczema, duct ectasia, periductal mastitis, nipple discharge)
  • Conditions of the skin (eczema, sebaceous cyst, Paget's disease of the breast)

Breast Cancer

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can feel overwhelming to patients and their loved ones. We’re here to explain what’s involved and to support you at every step. At your first visit, your doctor will explain the details of your condition, answer your questions and discuss a treatment plan for you. There are many types of cancer, and the type and the stage of cancer will determine the best treatment for you. Treatment may include one or more of these: surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation therapy, lymph node evaluation, physical therapy, lymphatic drainage massage, genetic counseling and complementary therapies such as exercise, dietary changes, Reiki, meditation, and more. 

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