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    Breast Cancer

    Diagnosing Breast Cancer

    Diagnosing Breast Cancer

    Getting an accurate breast cancer diagnosis is a crucial first step to getting the most appropriate treatment and, ultimately, the best outcome. Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) use a number of tests and procedures to diagnose cancerous changes in the breast. These include:

    • Medical history
    • Physical exam
    • Imaging tests such as a mammogram, ultrasound, and MRI

    If your doctor finds signs of breast cancer, MSK's specialists may perform other tests, including a biopsy, to find out more information about what type of cancer it is and how advanced or aggressive it is. A biopsy is the only test that can make a definite diagnosis of breast cancer.

    Breast Cancer Treatment at MSK

    MSK's team of breast cancer specialists strives to give every patient the most compassionate, personalized care possible. Your team will include doctors, nurses, and other professionals whose sole focus is breast cancer.

    Specialists from all areas of breast cancer care will design a treatment plan especially for you. Their areas of expertise include:

    • Surgery
    • Chemotherapy
    • Radiation
    • Reconstruction
    • Specialties focused on addressing quality of life issues such as pain management, psychiatry, social work, integrative medicine, rehabilitation, and sexual health and fertility

    MSK specialists from all areas of breast cancer care will design a treatment plan especially for you.

    Having a team of specialists work together helps MSK ensure that it selects the best combination of therapies to treat your breast cancer and give you the best outcome possible. Choosing care at MSK allows you to have access to:

    • a complete approach to surgery, including innovative strategies that can save or reconstruct the breast
    • new drug treatments and other therapies through our program of clinical trials
    • novel systemic therapies for breast cancer, including treatments that are targeted to specific breast cancer subtypes
    • more-effective radiation therapy directly targeted to tumors using the most precise methods available
    • experts to help you manage lymphedema, problems with movement, sexual dysfunction, stress, and other side effects of breast cancer

    Many of the breast cancer specialists and therapies you need are conveniently located at MSK's Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center in Manhattan. The center provides pioneering breast cancer services that go beyond the standard of care — including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and support — all under one roof, in a comfortable setting where breast cancer is recognized as a treatable and often curable disease. MSK also offers regional outpatient locations in New Jersey, as well as Westchester County, Long Island, and Brooklyn.

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