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As more women have gotten mammograms on a regular basis, DCIS has been found far more often. DCIS is a noninvasive precancer. It is not life threatening. If you have DCIS, it means that you have abnormal cells in the lining of a duct. While virtually all invasive cancer begins as DCIS...

Invasive Breast Cancer

An invasive (sometimes referred to as infiltrating) cancer is one that has gotten out of the duct or lobule. Since lobules and ducts are kinds of glands and the medical term meaning 'related to a gland' is adeno, sometimes these...

Collateral Damage photo of Women Sitting at a LakeMore women are now living for many years after breast cancer...

Preventing Recurrence photo couple bikingYou've had breast cancer, you've been treated for it, and now it's time to get on...

Being diagnosed with any kind of recurrence can be devastating. All the feelings you experienced the first time are back. You may feel like you can't trust your body, or you may wonder about your doctors and treatment in general. A recurrence is not your fault; it's the result of...

Living with Metastatic Disease photo of woman sitting on grassThere are two primary goals for treating metastatic...

The type of treatment you have will depend on the type of recurrence, as well as the treatments you received for your initial breast cancer.

Local Recurrence After Breast Conservation (Lumpectomy)

If the tests are normal (only five to 10% of women...

Diagnosis of Recurrence photo woman walking A recurrence occurs when breast cancer cells reappear after treatment,...

Most recurrences are diagnosed because of symptoms noticed by the woman. While scans used to be done to look for early metastases, that approach has been found to make no difference in the outcome. Diagnosing metastatic disease early on a scan or blood test does not make the treatment...

Our bones are more than the skeletal structure of our bodies. Bones protect vital organs, support muscles, and store the calcium that makes bones dense and strong. The more you can do to build and maintain bone mass, the lower your risk will be for developing osteoporosis (porous bone...

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