Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer in Nevada

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN), an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, provides a multidisciplinary approach to treating patients with breast cancer in Nevada. The physicians at CCCN play a major role in your breast cancer care. The medical oncology team manages individualized treatment plans and therapies while the radiation oncology team uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver the most effective treatment. Our breast surgery division conducts both non-cancer and cancer-related surgeries as part of their mission to provide the most current and effective breast cancer treatment options in Southern Nevada.

Our practice strives to provide excellence in medical oncology, radiation oncology and breast surgical care by using the highest standards of treatment, newest technologies and the latest in breast cancer research. By offering breast health advocacy, early detection and regular prevention screenings, our goal is to stop cancer before it strikes.

If you have any questions about breast cancer, please call us at 702-952-3350, or use our contact form.

Breast Cancer Facts

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is a malignant tumor that develops from cells in the breast. A malignant tumor is term used to classify the the cancerous cells. If left untreated, these cells can grow and spread to other areas of the body. With one out of eight women facing breast cancer in her lifetime, it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States.

Women who have a family history of breast cancer have a much higher risk of developing the disease. If you have a family history of cancer, genetic testing may help determine if you might be at risk yourself. Take the Hereditary Cancer Quiz to determine if you are at risk. Keep in mind that even though breast cancer usually occurs in women, it can also occur in men.

Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Breast cancer signs and symptoms are different for everyone. In some cases, women might show no signs at all. The most common sign of breast cancer is a lump or mass. Anything unusual should be evaluated by a doctor immediately.  Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Swelling in part of the breast
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
  • Redness or scaliness of the nipple or breast skin
  • A nipple discharge that is not breast milk
  • A lump in the underarm

Screening

Regular screening improves the chance that breast cancer can be found and treated successfully at an early age.

  • Mammograms: women age 40 and older should have mammograms ever year
  • Clinical Breast Exams: women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam conducted by a health care provider or gynecologist every three years, and women over the age of 40 should have the exam every year
  • Self Exams: women should begin to administer monthly breast self-exams in their 20s

Breast Cancer Treatment

There are several treatment options available for patients with breast cancer in Nevada. Physicians at CCCN provide a variety of breast cancer treatment options including: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and clinical research. In addition to providing world-class treatment for breast cancer, our physicians stay at the forefront of treatment by participating in breast cancer research and attending monthly tumor board meetings to determine the best options for breast cancer patients in Nevada.  For a complete list of clinical research currently being conducted for breast cancers, please click here.

To find a complete list of treatment options and services available at CCCN, please visit our Breast Surgery Division page.

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