Breast Cancer Specialist

Cancer and Blood Care Specialists

Hematologists & Oncologists located in Santa Ana, CA

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, and it can even affect men on rare occasions. At Cancer and Blood Care Specialists in Santa Ana, California, the doctors are experienced in providing breast cancer treatment in a comfortable and compassionate environment. For attentive and personalized breast cancer care in Santa Ana, California, call Cancer and Blood Care Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Breast Cancer Q & A

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer occurs when the cells in your breast begin growing out of control. These cells typically form a tumor that can sometimes be felt or seen using digital imaging.

There are several types of breast cancer, such as:

  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS)
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS)
  • Paget's Disease of the Nipple

While breast cancer primarily affects women — one in eight receive a diagnosis during their lifetime — one in 1,000 men are also diagnosed.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

The symptoms of breast cancer are the same in men and women. They may include:

  • A lump
  • Nipple discharge
  • Nipple or breast pain
  • Skin dimpling or irritation
  • A nipple that becomes inverted
  • Swelling of part or all of your breast
  • Change in the size or shape of your breast

You might also experience scaliness, redness, or thickening of your breast tissue or nipple.

What causes breast cancer?

The exact cause of breast cancer is unknown. Most breast cancers develop in the cells associated with the milk-producing ducts, but they can also start in other breast cells or tissues. What triggers these cells to grow abnormally is unclear.

Certain factors are known to increase your breast cancer risks, including:

  • A family history of cancer
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Hormone therapies
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Being a woman over 50
  • Entering menopause after 55
  • Being overweight or sedentary
  • Beginning menstruation before age 12
  • A personal history of breast issues or cancer
  • Not having children, or having them after age 30
  • Inherited gene mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2

Breast cancer has “metastasized” if it spreads to other parts of your body.

How is breast cancer treated?

Breast cancer treatment at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists depends on the type of cancer, its current stage, and other personal factors. Many men and women with breast cancer receive more than one kind of therapy.

In some cases, breast cancer treatment involves surgery or radiation that targets the tumor itself.

Other therapies take a systemic approach to reach cancer cells located anywhere in your body. Systemic treatments include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy.

At Cancer and Blood Care Specialists, the doctors work closely with you to outline the best treatment strategy for your breast cancer. You can rely on attentive and personalized care as well as the convenience of receiving infusions in a comfortable setting outside of a hospital.

Call Cancer and Blood Care Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.