You or your doctor may have found a lump in your breast during an exam. Or you may have been called back after a suspicious mammogram that resulted in a positive biopsy for breast cancer. Perhaps you are wondering if the care you are about to receive is sufficient.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting women worldwide. In the United States alone, overnew cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year. Effective treatment can save many lives.
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Real-time 3D confocal time-lapse movie of Twist1-expressing epithelial cells red invading into the surrounding extracellular matrix and then being restrained and pulled back by normal myoepithelial cells green. Credit: Katarina Sirka. Johns Hopkins researchers report they have demonstrated in mouse tissue grown in the lab that the cell layer surrounding breast milk ducts reaches out to grab stray cancer cells to keep them from spreading through the body. The findings reveal that this cell layer, called the myoepithelium, is not a stationary barrier to cancer invasion, as scientists previously thought, but an active defense against breast cancer metastasis.
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Learn about the various types of breast biopsies and what to expect during each procedure. Oncoplastic surgery combines the latest plastic surgery techniques with breast surgical oncology. When a large lumpectomy is required that will leave the breast distorted, the remaining tissue is sculpted to realign the nipple and areola and restore a natural appearance to the breast shape.
There are two types of breast evaluation: the screening evaluation and the diagnostic evaluation. Screening is for women who have no breast problems. It is used to check for cancer in normal women.
Our team is multidisciplinarymeaning we have several experts from a variety of specialties who work closely together to guide women through evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Many of our team members have dedicated their professional lives to helping women with breast cancer and have chosen this specialty because their own personal lives have been touched by this disease. Our staff is consistently innovative in areas of clinical care, technology and surgery.
Every year in the United States, close towomen are diagnosed with breast cancer. They are women of all ages and all types: young women, older women, wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends and loved ones. While the types of breast cancers vary almost as much as the women who are diagnosed with them, more is known about breast cancer than ever before.
Johns Hopkins Medicine offers one of the few fully accredited comprehensive cancer centers in the country and the first in our geographic region. Because of this special status we are able to offer patients a variety of clinical trial programs that can provide the latest advancements in clinical care and treatment for breast cancer. Oftentimes patients associate clinical trials solely with chemotherapy regimens. This is not the case.