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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). Each year in the United States, about 227,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

At Affiliated Oncologists, our dedicated team of medical oncologists, including internationally-recognized breast cancer experts, use the latest breast cancer treatment technologies to create a unique treatment plan for each patient. They are available to take questions and guide you through the process of starting a cancer treatment plan that is right for you.

Our cancer treatment services are delivered in a non-hospital setting at locations in the Chicago area. Each cancer center is designed for your convenience with free parking and ground floor access for easy patient pickup and drop off.

What are some signs of breast cancer?

There could be more signs of breast cancer than only a lump. Review this list and if anything concerns you, have your physician evaluate it.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

Learn more about the exams and tests a doctor may order if you have signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

What are the stages of breast cancer?

Walk through the stages of breast cancer and why they're important to a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment plan.

What are the types of breast cancer?

Breast cancer has many different types and it's important to know which since it will help determine your treatment plan. There are two broad categories: invasive and noninvasive. Learn what those mean and what the common and uncommon types of breast cancer are.

How does hormone status affect treatment?

Knowing which hormones, if any, are involved in the growth of breast cancer, is critical information your oncologist needs in order to provide you with the best treatment plan.

What are the treatment options for breast cancer?

Your breast cancer oncologist will walk you through a treatment plan that is best for your type of breast cancer, hormone receptors that are present, stage of the cancer and other factors.

What is breast reconstruction surgery?

If your breast cancer treatment plan requires a mastectomy, you may choose to undergo breast reconstruction.