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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer affecting women here in the U.S. One woman in eight (12%) will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Though rare, breast cancer can affect men too.

With today's technology and treatment advances, we're now able to find more cases of breast cancer in the earliest, most treatable stage. As a result, the percentage of women who survive breast cancer is high and increasing every year.

The physicians and staff at Torrance Memorial Physician Network – Cancer Care bring compassionate expertise to the comprehensive screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Early Detection

The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for most adults:

  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
  • Clinical breast exam (breast exam by a physician or nurse practitioner) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
  • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s

Some women—because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors—should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.

Breast Cancer Screening in Your Neighborhood

With four locations throughout the South Bay, Torrance Memorial's Breast Diagnostic Centers make expert breast screening easy and convenient.

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Treating Breast Cancer

We offer multidisciplinary, collaborative treatment of breast cancer, working closely with the surgeon, pathologists and other specialists involved in your care. We advise treatment based on the latest medical research studies, always emphasizing the treatment that delivers the highest likelihood of cure while still considering the patient's preferences. All cases are reviewed at weekly breast cancer conferences, providing every patient the benefit of expertise from a variety of medical specialists.

Breast cancer treatment options include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Brachytherapy
  • Hormonal (anti-estrogen) Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery is usually the first course of treatment for breast cancer – though in some cases, larger tumors are first treated with chemotherapy. Surgical options for the treatment of breast cancer include:
    • Breast conservation (lumpectomy) to preserve existing breast tissue
    • Mastectomy, removal of the entire breast
    • Sentinel node biopsy
    • Reconstruction
    • Removal of lymph nodes in the axilla (armpit)
  • Targeted Therapies