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What do you need to do if you're diagnosed with breast cancer?

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If you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, you and your doctor will need to know what type it is and how advanced it is. A check of your lymph nodes can tell if the disease has spread. Other tests give an idea of what treatments may work best for you, and still others predict the likelihood that your cancer will come back after treatment.

Your doctor can help you understand all of these tests, and together you’ll decide on the best treatment plan for you.

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org.

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: "Oncology: Breast Cancer."

National Cancer Institute.

Journal of the American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org.

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: "Oncology: Breast Cancer."

National Cancer Institute.

Journal of the American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 10, 2019

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