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Male breast cancer treatment

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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Male breast cancer risks

Male breast cancer risks: Early detection of benefits

Male breast cancer risks

Male breast cancer risks. Male breast cancer risks are not new. Several factors that increase the risk

Male breast cancer risks are not new. Several factors that increase the risk of male breast cancer can be adduced to several things, events and elements. According to the expert opinion from AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, we can associate male breast cancer risks to:

  • Testicle disease or surgery – Having inflamed testicles (orchitis) or surgery to remove a testicle (orchiectomy) can increase the risk of male breast cancer.
  • Radiation exposure – If you’ve received radiation treatments to your chest like those used in treating cancers of the chest, you’re more likely to develop breast cancer later in life.
  • Overweight and obesity – Fat cells convert androgens into estrogen. A higher number of fat cells in your body may result in increased estrogen and higher risk of breast cancer.
  • Old age – the risk increases as one approaches his sunset days. This may occur between the ages 68 and 71 in most cases.
  • Liver disease – Conditions like cirrhosis of the liver can reduce male hormones and increase female hormones thereby increasing the risk of breast cancer.
  • Klinefelter’s syndrome – this is a rare genetic syndrome that happens when a male child is born with more than one copy of the X chromosome. It causes abnormal development of the testicles. Men with this syndrome produce lower levels of male hormones like androgens but produces more of female hormones (estrogens).
  • Family history of breast cancer – those who come from a background where close family members had suffered the same also has a greater chance of developing the disease.
  • Coming into contact with estrogen – taking estrogen-related drugs used for hormone therapy for prostate cancer will increase your risk of breast cancer.

Male breast cancer risks: Diagnosis

Before the commencement of treatment, a number of diagnostic tests may be conducted by your doctor to establish the exact problem. Such tests may include:

  • Clinical breast exam. Under this, the doctor uses his/her fingertips to examine the breasts and the surrounding areas for lumps or any other changes. The interest is to establish how large the lumps are, how they feel, and how close they are to your skin and muscles.
  • Imaging tests. Mammogram and ultrasound can detect suspicious masses in the breast tissue.
  • Biopsy. A fine needle is inserted into the breast to remove tissue for analysis in the laboratory. Test results can reveal whether you have breast cancer and if so, the type of breast cancer you have.

Male breast cancer risks: Establishing the stage of the cancer

Determining the stage of cancer helps your doctor evaluate treatment options. Biopsy, blood tests and imaging tests can be used to stage male breast cancer. And like with other types of cancers, the stages of male breast cancer ranges from I to IV where stage I the cancer tumor is smaller and in IV the cancer has spread immensely to other parts of the body organs. This spreading is not good news and it makes treatment at stage IV difficult. It is therefore necessary that early diagnosis is prioritized for effective treatment. For all your concerns AWAREmed health center doors are open for you. Schedule an appointment with us today and we will help you professionally.

Male breast cancer risks: Early diagnosis

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Male breast cancer

Male breast cancer: Early diagnosis

Male breast cancer

Male breast cancer. Though male breast cancer is rare in male, when it happens, the cancer forms in the breast tissues of men

Breast cancer has been associated with women in most cases yet men too becomes victims. Though male breast cancer is rare in male, when it happens, the cancer forms in the breast tissues of men. The cancer is particularly common with older or aging male adults but can also affect in all ages. Because of the nature of the disease, early diagnosis is very important. When detected in good time, doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center says that, the patient will have a better chance of getting complete healing. It is quit unfortunate that most men shy off from visiting their doctors for checkups. Because of this most of male breast cancer are detected when they are at an advance stage making treatment difficult. So what are the signs and symptoms to watch over?

Male breast cancer: Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of male breast cancers can include:

  • A painless lump or thickening in the breast tissue
  • Changes on the skin covering the breast dimpling, puckering, redness or scaling
  • Changes to the nipple like redness or scaling, or a nipple that begins to turn inward
  • Discharge from your nipple

When you notice any of these, waste no time and schedule for an appointment with your doctor immediately.

Male breast cancer: Causes

Like with most cancer cases, the causes of male breast cancer are not so clear. Though this isn’t clear, it is believed that male breast cancer occurs when some breast cells divide rapidly than healthy cells do. The accumulating cells form a tumor that may spread (metastasize) to nearby tissue, to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body.

Male breast cancer: Where breast cancer begins in men

By creation, every human is born with a small amount of breast tissue consisting of milk-producing glands (lobules), ducts that carry milk to the nipples, and fat. As children grow into puberty, ladies begins developing more breast tissue while men do not. But everyone is born with a small amount of breast tissue, developing breast cancer is possible. The following are some of the types of breast cancer diagnosed in men:

Cancer that begins in the milk ducts (ductal carcinoma). Nearly all male breast cancers is ductal carcinoma.

Cancer that begins in the milk-producing glands (lobular carcinoma). This type is rare in men because they have few lobules in their breast tissue.

Cancer that spreads to the nipple (Paget’s disease of the nipple). Rarely, male breast cancers forms in the milk ducts and spreads to the nipple, causing crusty, scaly skin around the nipple.

Male breast cancer: Inherited genes that increase breast cancer risk

Some men inherit abnormal (mutated) genes from their parents that increase the risk of breast cancer. Mutations in one of several genes, especially a gene called BRCA2, put you at greater risk of developing breast and prostate cancers. These genes normally make proteins that keep cells from growing abnormally which helps prevent cancer. But mutated genes aren’t as effective at protecting you from cancer reiterates doctor Akoury. Finally, if this article describes your condition, it is never too late to visit your doctor. Meeting with a genetic counselor and undergoing genetic testing can help determine whether you carry gene mutations that increase your risk of breast cancer.

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