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Breast cancer diagnosis and treatment

The Breast Cancer Program at Wayne State University Physician Group offers a flexible team approach to accommodate patients from initial risk assessment through diagnostic evaluation, treatment and follow-up.

The team includes medical oncologists, radiologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists, in addition to plastic surgeons, pathologists and nurses, who are solely dedicated to the research and treatment of breast cancer. They participate in local and national treatment protocols offering standard of care from pre-diagnosis to late stage breast cancer.

Breast cancer symptoms include:

  • A change in how the breast or nipple feels
  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
  • Nipple tenderness
  • A change in how the breast or nipple looks
  • A change in the size or shape of the breast
  • The nipple is turned inward into the breast
  • The skin of the breast, areola, or nipple may be scaly, red, or swollen. It may have ridges or pitting so that it looks like the skin of an orange.
  •  Nipple discharge (fluid)

Breast cancer diagnosis options include:

  • Clinical breast exam
  • Diagnostic mammography
  • Ultrasonography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Biopsy

 Breast cancer treatment options include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Biological therapy

 Patients who benefit the most from a consultation include:

  • Diagnosed but untreated breast malignancies as referrals or second opinions
  • Diagnosed breast malignancies in the midst of treatment as referrals or second opinions
  • Asymptomatic screening failures
  • Asymptomatic perceived high-risk patients
  • Symptomatic patients with breast findings or complaints
  • A personal and/or family history suggestive of hereditary breast cancer

Breast cancer support groups and screenings

Karmanos Cancer Institute offers the following support groups for cancer patients and their families:

  • Women Achieving Victory & Esteem is a monthly support group for female cancer patients (any type, any stage).
  • Latina Cancer Support Group/Unidas En Victoria Contra El Cancer meets twice a month and is a support group for Spanish-speaking women with cancer. Location/Sítio: Most Holy Redeemer Church, 1721 Junction St., Detroit, MI 48209.
  • Brothers Reaching & Achieving Victory & Esteem is a monthly support group for male cancer patients (any type, any stage).
  • For more information about support groups, click here.


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