Latest cancer answers
What does HER2/NEU mean?
HER2/neu is a protein that appears on the surface of some breast cancer cells. HER2 stands for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 and approximately one in five breast cancers will have cancer cells that make excess HER2 because of a gene mutation. This protein makes cancer cells grow, not only in breast cancer, but other cancers, too. Community Breast Care work-up includes genetic tests to look for this gene mutation and elevated levels of HER2. To learn more call us at 800-777-7775.
My mother had breast cancer and died from it. I'm her first born daughter and had a breast biopsy on my right breast. A very tiny marker was placed in a solid white spot in a lymph node area to be checked. Should I get a second opinion?
Since you mentioned a strong family history for cancer and a concern about a suspicious spot on the lymph node, I would consider scheduling a consultation. A family history of cancer can often put you at a higher risk for getting cancer. By calling our Community Breast Care Center, you will be able to see one of our breast cancer specialists. The place to start is to give our Breast Care Center a call at 800-777-7775.
If I discover a lump in my breast what should I do?
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump or mass in the breast. Small lumps and bumps are normal, but a mass that is painless, hard and has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous. You cannot assume that if you discover a lump on either breast that the lump is related to a benign disease, particularly if that lump persists for more than 30 days. One of the false assumptions women make is that painful lumps are not cancerous. In fact, 6% of breast cancers present with painful masses. If an irregular lump is detected, it should be checked by a breast care physician experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.
What is MD Anderson?
Community Hospital North and Community Hospital East are affiliates of MD Anderson Cancer Network™, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. This collaboration provides certified physicians at these two Community hospitals with access to evidence-based guidelines, treatment plans and concordance studies developed by MD Anderson experts. Learn more >>