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Male breast cancer treatment: Early diagnosis

Male breast cancer treatment

Male breast cancer treatment and for a detailed determination of male breast cancer treatment options, timely consultation with the doctor is necessary

For a detailed determination of male breast cancer treatment options, as a patient you need to visit your doctor timely. And while at the doctor’s office, he/she will consider certain factors like the stage of your cancer, the patient’s overall health and preferences. With such information, treatment can be done either through the application of surgery among many other treatment options like radiation therapy, chemotherapy hormone therapy. As we progress into the discussion, doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center will help us to understand each of these treatment options as follows:

Male breast cancer treatment: Surgery

The primary objective of using surgery in cancer treatment is to remove the tumor and surrounding breast tissue. The procedure of doing so will involves:

  • The removal of breast tissue and surrounding lymph nodes (modified radical mastectomy). This means that, the operating surgeon operate to remove all the breast tissues including the nipple and areola, and some underarm lymph nodes.
  • Removal of one lymph node for testing also known as sentinel lymph node biopsy. The doctor identifies the lymph node most likely to be the first place your cancer cells would spread. From the analysis of lymph node if cancer cells are not found, there is a good chance that the patient’s breast cancer has not spread beyond the breast tissue making treatment much easier.

Male breast cancer treatment: Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to kill cancer cells. In male breast cancer, radiation therapy may be used after surgery to eliminate any remaining cancer cells in the breast, chest muscles or armpit. Patients are advised to be informed of how radiation work. And for the avoidance of doubt, during radiation therapy process, radiation comes from a large machine that moves around the patient’s body, directing the energy beams to precise points and locations on chest affected.

Male breast cancer treatment: Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses medications to kill cancer cells. Such medications may be administered through a vein in the arm (intravenously) or in a pill form or in some cases both methods can be applied. Upon the determination of the cancer disease, your doctor may recommend chemotherapy after surgery to kill any cancer cells that might have spread outside the breast. Chemotherapy may also be an option for men with advanced breast cancer.

Male breast cancer treatment: Hormone therapy

Finally, most men with male breast cancer have tumors which relies on hormones to grow (hormone-sensitive). Therefore, in the event that your cancer is hormone-sensitive, it is possible that your doctor may recommend hormone therapy for your treatment. Take note that hormone therapy for male breast cancer often involves the medication tamoxifen, which is also used for women. Other hormone therapy medications used in women with breast cancer haven’t been shown to be effective for men and that is why you need to be in close consultation with your doctor all the way. And for any further concerns, you can call AWAREmed health center today for real time professional result.

Male breast cancer treatment: Early diagnosis

 

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