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Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Dr. VK Gadi, a medical oncologist who specializes in caring for women with breast cancer, discusses chemotherapy. He explains that chemotherapy works by killing things are dividing rapidly, which is a characteristic of cancer cells. In most cases chemotherapy is effective at killing cancer cells, however there other cells in the body that divide rapidly, and that's where the toxicities of chemotherapy come in. Dr. Gadi tells how he helps his patients fight toxicities and avoid low white blood cell counts so they can live active, normal lives throughout their treatment.

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Breast Cancer Surgery

Dr. Sara Javid Discusses Surgery Options for Breast Cancer Patients There?s a one in eight chance that a woman will have breast cancer in her lifetime. Most who do undergo some type of surgery to remove it. One option available is a lumpectomy, where only the tumor is removed, rather than the entire breast. This is typically followed by a course of radiation to the breast. Dr. Sara Javid, Surgical Oncologist at SCCA, states that after 25 years of follow up, we now know that this procedure is equally safe in terms of survival and recurrence risk of cancer in the breast. SCCA uses a multi disciplinary team approach to treating patients. This gives patients the full picture up front of what to expect and what options are available to them, empowering them to make choices as they move forward with their breast cancer treatment at SCCA.

Breast Cancer Care Team

In this video, Dr. VK Gadi describes the five core disciplines involved in managing breast cancer. In general, there are two doctors that you don't meet very often: they are the "what is it?" and "where is it?" doctors--your pathologist and radiologist. And then there are the "doing doctors." The two that go together, the surgeon and the radiation therapist are responsible for the breast and lymph nodes to make sure that whatever disease was once there is completely annihilated by either removing it (by surgery) or zapping it (by radiation). And finally there's the medical oncologist who comes in to eliminate whatever stray cancer cells that may have found their way to other parts of the body.

Breast Cancer Biology, Stages, and Types

Dr. Larissa Korde provides an overview of breast cancer biology, stages, and types. Breast cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in breast. The stages of development are hyperplasia, atypical hyperplasia, non-invasive cancer or carcinoma in situ, and finally invasive cancer. Dr. Korde explains the stages of breast cancer, ranging from Stage 0, a non-invasive cancer, to Stage 4, a cancer that has spread to other organs. Other factors that an oncologist will look at are the receptors that the cancer expresses. Two hormone receptors are estrogen and progesterone, which is treated with hormone therapy. Another receptor is HER2, which treated with HER2 targeted therapy. Triple Negative is a subtype of breast cancer that does not express any of the latter three receptors and is generally treated with chemotherapy. Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare, but aggressive cancer invading the skin tissue

Breast Cancer Risk Factors with Dr. Larissa Korde

Dr. Larissa Korde discusses risk factors for breast cancer in this KOMO interview with Kent Phillips. It?s important to know that breast cancer risk increases with age but also that family history is also a very strong risk factor. If a woman?s mother, sister or daughter has breast cancer, she may be at increased risk. It is important to know your family history and discuss it with your doctor and also get a mammogram every year beginning at age 40.