Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women, but over the past 20 years improvements in diagnosis, evaluation and treatment have improved cancer control. Breast cancer forms in the cells of the breast, most often in the ducts carrying milk to the nipple or the glands, called lobules, that produce milk. In more rare cases, the cancer can begin in other parts of breast tissue. A noninvasive breast tumor called DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) is often treated similar to breast cancer. Learn more about the different types and stages of breast cancer here.
Screening and Treatment
With the support of a personal Breast Health Navigator, we walk you through every step of your care, from breast health screening to diagnosis to treatment. Breast imaging navigators guide you through the process of mammograms and other imaging with our breast radiologists. If cancer is found, a breast health navigator will assemble your team of medical experts for a multidisciplinary Breast Conference, where the group will meet with you to help define your diagnosis, review your options and provide a clear, direct path to coordinated care for your breast cancer.
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Through close partnerships with Boston-based hospitals and the National Cancer Institute, we are able to offer cancer clinical trials designed to identify safer and more effective approaches to prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of your cancer. Learn more about the current clinical trials available here
Resources and Education
From a Breast Health Navigator to guide you through the process to social workers and support groups to support you along the way, the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital has several resources for you and your family, all close to home. Learn more about our resources to support your care here