What happens after breast cancer is diagnosed?

After a diagnosis of breast cancer, the breast surgeon determines the type of testing needed, whether it’s a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to get a closer look at the tumor site or genetic testing to help determine a patient’s risk for developing other cancers in the future. Then, he or she will discuss treatment options. The treatment ultimately selected depends on a number of factors, including the stage of the cancer, the patient’s quality of life and how aggressive the patient wants to be in treating his or her disease.

Lastly, the surgeon will discuss prevention with his or her patient, presenting options that can help decrease the risk for breast cancer returning as well as the likelihood of developing other cancers. Some of the prevention tools include medication, surveillance and surgery.
This content originally appeared online at Baptist Health South Florida.

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