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Breast Cancer

Fairouz L. Chibane, MD and Alicia H. Vinyard, DO Reviewed 06/2020
 


BASICS

Most commonly diagnosed cancer (CA) and the second most common cause of CA death for U.S. women 

DESCRIPTION

  • Malignant neoplasm of cells native to the breast—epithelial, glandular, or stroma

  • Types...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Painless lump in breast or axilla, breast pain, heaviness

  • Swelling, thickening, redness, or dimpling of the skin (sign of advanced BC)

  • Nipple discharge (bloody), erosion, or retraction

  • A...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • Multiple treatment modalities surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) provides clinical treatment guidelines for BC.

MEDICATION

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Every 4 to 6 months for 5 years and then annually

  • No evidence to support the use of routine complete blood count, LFTs, “tumor markers,” bone scan, chest x-ray, li...

REFERENCES

1
American Cancer Society. Breast cancer facts & figures 2017–2018. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2017.

CODES

ICD10

  • C50.52 Malignant neoplasm of lower-outer quadrant of breast, male

  • C50.929 Malignant neoplasm of unspecified site of unspecified male breast

  • C50.812 Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of ...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • U.S. women; lifetime risk of 1 in 8

  • High alcohol use, high body mass index (BMI), and physical inactivity are modifiable risk factors.

  • Normal mammography does not exclude possibility of ...

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