Kristin Fernandez, MD, director of the Breast Center, consults a breast cancer patient.
If you are a breast cancer patient at the Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square, rest assured that you are in the hands of the most skilled and compassionate cancer doctors. From oncology nurses to surgeons, your MedStar healthcare team believes in treating the whole person, not just the disease, and will support you with the compassion you deserve and the excellence you expect every step of the way.
Treating Breast Cancer at MedStar Health
Breast cancer is cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast. There are two main types of breast cancer:
- Ductal carcinoma starts in the tubes (ducts) that carry milk from the breast to the nipple. Most breast cancers are of this type.
- Lobular carcinoma starts in the parts of the breast, called lobules, which produce milk.
In rare cases, breast cancer can start in other areas of the breast.
Though breast lumps occur for a number of reasons (and 85 percent are non-cancerous), if you find one, please make an appointment to meet with one of our physicians. He or she will follow this process to determine how best to care for you:
- Diagnosis: Our doctors will carefully image and biopsy the breast to get the most accurate diagnosis possible.
- Treatment: If a cancer diagnosis is confirmed, your doctors will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan. Breast cancer treatments typically include surgery and systemic therapy, like chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, or targeted biologic treatments. Radiation therapy is part of the treatment after lumpectomy. Some women may be eligible to participate in clinical trials.
- Recovery: After the treatments are finished, your MedStar Franklin Square team will help you with the recovery process and follow-up care.
Breast Cancer Staging
Not every type of breast cancer is the same—some are more common than others and some could be a combination of cancers. But once you've been diagnosed through a biopsy, your MedStar Franklin Square physician will examine the specifics of your breast tumor and decide the best way to treat it. Staging is an important part of the process that guides treatment options; it shows the extent of your cancer, the size of any tumors, and the severity of the disease.
The stages of breast cancer are as follows:
- Stage 0: Early stage breast cancer is called noninvasive cancer—the cancer cells have developed, but are confined to the breast ducts, without invading surrounding tissue. This stage of cancer generally does not present with any symptoms and is most often detected on a mammogram and confirmed with a biopsy.
- Stage I: The breast tumor is invasive, about the size of a quarter, but has not spread beyond the breast.
- Stage II: The breast tumor is one to two inches and may or may not have spread to the under-arm (axillary) lymph nodes. Cancers of this stage sometimes appear only in those lymph nodes and not in the breast at all.
- Stage III: The cancer is one to two inches and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes, or is larger than two inches and has not yet spread.
- Stage IV: The cancer has spread to other areas of the body, such as the brain, bones, lung, and liver.
To schedule an appointment, please call 443-777-6500.
For more information about our clinical trials, please call 443-777-7364.
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9101 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21237
MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
Breast Center at Bel Air
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Breast Cancer Specialists
- Angie Cramer, BSN, RN, Department Manager
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