Breast Cancer Treatment in Baltimore

About one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Though much has been done to spread the word about breast cancer in recent years, some women fail to internalize potentially life-saving information. In order to receive prompt treatment, it's important for women to identify breast cancer as soon as possible. The Oncology Center of Central Baltimore offers effective medical treatments for breast cancer. If you have been diagnosed, consider visiting our office for a consultation.

Baltimore Breast Cancer TreatmentIdentifying Breast Cancer

Though breast cancer is much more common in women, over 2,000 men are diagnosed every year. Here's a brief look at what goes into the diagnosis of breast cancer.

  • Symptoms: The onset of symptoms usually indicates that breast cancer has progressed to an advanced stage. Common symptoms include leaking nipple fluid, a lump in the breast or near the armpit, and changes to the size, shape, or color of the breast or nipple.
  • Mammography: A mammogram is an imaging procedure used to identify the presence of potentially cancerous masses. Women should not wait for symptoms to appear before getting a mammogram; doctors recommend that all women over 40 get mammograms once a year.
  • Biopsy: If a doctor identifies a tumor during a mammogram, he will recommend a biopsy. During the biopsy, a doctor removes a small tissue sample and studies it beneath a microscope. If the tissue is positively identified as cancerous, treatment will begin.

Medical Treatments for Breast Cancer

The Oncology Center of Central Baltimore provides only medical treatments for breast cancer. However, part of our treatment planning involves coordinating with surgeons, radiation specialists, and other members of your cancer care team. Here are two types of breast cancer treatment that we offer in Baltimore.

  • Hormone Therapy: The hormone estrogen is known to promote the spread of breast cancer. Hormone therapy can either lower estrogen levels or prevent estrogen from interacting with cancer cells. Hormone therapy is most commonly used to prevent the return of breast cancer after the main treatment, though it may also be used before treatment.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy may be given orally or intravenously. As the breast cancer treatment travels through the bloodstream, it shrinks cancerous growths throughout the body. Chemotherapy may be administered before or after surgery.

Common symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • A lump in the breast or armpit
  • Changes in the size or shape of the breasts
  • Changes in the size or shape of the nipples
  • Leaking nipple fluid
  • Changes in the color or texture of the breast skin or nipple

Breast cancer is a malignant growth that begins in breast tissues and grows in an uncontrollable manner. This type of cancer is often found in the inner lining of milk ducts or lobules that supply the ducts with milk. While breast cancer is most commonly found in women, it can also occur in men. We provide breast cancer treatments in Baltimore metro area. If you have recently received a breast cancer diagnosis, call (410) 662-6222 and set up an appointment at the Oncology Center of Central Baltimore. We will immediately get to work designing an individualized treatment plan and coordinating with other cancer treatment providers.

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  • Individual and specialized care
  • State of the art medicine and treatments
  • Dr Stanley Walker is not only an oncologist but he teaches medical students and residents