Greater Houston Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncologists located in North Houston, South Houston & Huntsville, TX
Breast cancer devastates the lives of thousands of women across the United States each year. If you have breast cancer, Kirk Kanady, MD, and Maria Sosa, MD, of Greater Houston Radiation Oncology are experts in treating the condition with radiation therapy. The practice has two offices in Houston, Texas, and one in Huntsville, Texas, where you can receive cutting edge treatments for breast cancer that offer you the best chance of keeping your breast. Call the Greater Houston Radiation Oncology office nearest you to arrange a consultation or schedule an appointment online today.
Breast Cancer Q & A
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is a disease that mostly affects women, although it can affect men as well. It develops in the breast tissue when the cells mutate and start rapidly increasing in number. Types of breast cancer include:
- Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
- Invasive lobular carcinoma
- Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
- Inflammatory breast cancer
- Paget's disease of the breast
Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women. However, with expert, timely treatment, the survival rate for breast cancer is around 90%.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The most noticeable symptom of breast cancer is a lump or other abnormality in your breast, so you should carry out regular breast checks. In addition to a lump, breast cancer can sometimes cause:
- Changes in breast size, shape, or appearance
- Dimpling or other skin changes
- A newly inverted nipple
- Peeling, scaling, crusting, or flaking
- Redness or pitting
Although many breast lumps turn out to be cysts or other relatively harmless conditions, if you find a breast lump, you should always get your doctor to examine you.
How is breast cancer treated?
Your treatment for breast cancer could include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery. If you have a large tumor in your breast, you might need to undergo chemotherapy before having surgery to help shrink the tumor and enable your surgeon to preserve your breast.
Avoiding the need for surgery or reducing the extent of tissue removal is one of the critical aspects of breast cancer treatment. The team at Greater Houston Radiation Oncology aims to use radiation therapy to help you avoid surgery and the need for mastectomy (surgical removal of the breast).
What radiation therapy is available for breast cancer?
At Greater Houston Radiation Oncology, the team uses the latest technologies and advanced techniques to deliver radiation therapy, including:
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- RapidArc™ Volumetric Arc Therapy
- Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D CRT)
Techniques like 3D CRT are part of an approach to breast cancer treatment called accelerated partial breast radiation therapy (APBI).
What is APBI?
Using APBI, the team at Greater Houston Radiation Oncology can target the tumor with increased precision. That means using the optimal dose of radiation and shorter exposure time, causing the least possible damage to the rest of your breast.
If you need to undergo surgery for breast cancer, APBI is an effective method of helping prevent it from returning after your operation.
Find out more about the full range of breast cancer treatments. Call Greater Houston Radiation Oncology or book an appointment online today.
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