Diagnosing breast cancer is a process that begins with noticing something different about the nipples or the breast or possibly having a mammogram scan that requires further investigation.
As early diagnosis gives patients the greatest chance at successful treatment, any early warning sign should be followed up with your doctor to determine if breast cancer is present.View Your Options
Discovering a lump or mass in the breast is one indication of breast cancer, although many women have fibrocystic breasts. This is a condition where breast tissue feels lumpy. It is quite common affecting 50% of women at some time in their lives. Hormonal changes can also create breast masses. However, any mass in the breast, armpits or collarbone should be checked to rule out the possibility of breast cancer.
Other than lumps, some common symptoms of breast cancer are:
The first step in diagnosing breast cancer is your primary care doctor. Your doctor will review your symptoms or the mammogram results and examine your breasts, your lymph nodes and check for any other masses.
Your doctor will order further tests such as a MRI, CT scan or Ultrasound and possibly a blood test. A biopsy will be done to obtain tissue samples of any masses. The results of these tests will confirm a positive diagnosis or establish the absence of cancer.
Once breast cancer has been diagnosed a process called staging is done. Staging is done to determine the extent of cancer in the body. The process of staging takes into account several factors including whether or not the cancer is invasive, if there is any lymph node involvement, the size of the tumor and if other parts of the body are involved. Staging is an important factor when choosing treatment options. It is here where you can tell if breast reconstruction surgery will be needed.
Dr. Liu works closely with his patient’s surgical oncologist to coordinate breast reconstruction following cancer surgery. The type of breast cancer reconstructive surgery needed varies greatly from patient to patient and is ultimately aimed at restoring beauty and confidence following cancer treatment.
Dr. Perry Liu is well experienced with the whole process and can help and assist you through any part you need. He has assisted many patients in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles through the breast cancer experience to a successful and confident result. If you have any questions regarding diagnosis or your options call him. He became a doctor to help people, so feel free to contact him.