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Advanced, Personalized Breast Cancer Treatment

Our dedicated team approach will ensure you receive a compassionate and personalized consultation with one of our Breast Cancer Specialists. They will answer any questions you or your family have about breast cancer, including signs and symptoms of breast cancer, breast cancer screenings, and diagnosis to breast cancer treatments. We will be here to guide you through selecting and receiving the course of treatment that may work best for you.

Resources for Breast Cancer Patients

A New Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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A New Breast Cancer Diagnosis

If you've recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, you will likely have many questions about the kind of doctor you should see, your specific type of breast cancer, the stage of your breast cancer, and what treatments are available. We're here to answer your questions.

Start here for a useful guide to your first appointment and what to expect when you're in the hands of Compass Oncology.

Breast Cancer Specialists

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Breast Cancer Specialists

The breast cancer care team at Compass Oncology is comprised of a variety of specialists, including:

  • Breast surgical oncologists
  • High-risk breast clinic
  • Medical and radiation oncologists
  • Genetic risk counselors

Detecting & Diagnosing Breast Cancer

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Detecting & Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Doctors recommend that women have regular clinical breast exams and mammograms to find breast cancer early. During an office visit, your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about your medical history. It is also normal for your doctor to order one or more imaging tests, such as a mammogram.

Types of Breast Cancer

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Types of Breast Cancer

There are certain types of breast cancers that are more common than others. Four specific types of common breast cancer include:

  1. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
  2. Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
  3. Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC)
  4. Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC)

Hormone Receptor Status

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Hormone Receptor Status

It is important that your oncologist knows which hormones, if any, are involved in the growth of your breast cancer. They will run some tests that indicate the hormone receptor status and HER2/neu status of the breast cancer tumor. 

Determining Lymph Node Involvement

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Determining Lymph Node Involvement

Lymph node status is another factor that can affect your breast cancer treatment decisions and prognosis. To determine if lymph nodes are involved, your breast cancer surgeon will remove one or more lymph nodes from your underarm to biopsy and examine under a microscope.

Staging Breast Cancer

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Staging Breast Cancer

If the biopsy shows that you have breast cancer, your doctor needs to learn the disease’s extent to choose the best breast cancer treatment options for you. The stage of your breast cancer is based on the size of the tumor and whether it has spread.

Breast Cancer Treatment Options

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Breast Cancer Treatment Options

You and your oncologist will work together to decide on the treatment that’s best for you, based on the stage of your breast cancer and other factors. Treatment options can include surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, or targeted therapy.

Breast Surgical Oncology

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Breast Surgical Oncology

Surgery is an essential part of treating breast cancer. Breast surgical oncologists specialize in the treatment of breast cancer using various surgical techniques depending on each patient’s condition.  

Managing the Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatments

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Managing the Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatments

While breast cancer treatments are necessary and helpful, the side effects can be difficult. Our experts have put together some of the most common side effects you may experience during breast cancer treatments and how you can combat them. 

Breast Reconstruction

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Breast Reconstruction

You might choose to undergo breast cancer reconstruction. This can happen after or during a mastectomy.

There are many types of reconstruction that depend on your age, body type, and the type of surgery you had. You and an oncoplastic surgeon will explore your options together before a decision is made.

Breast Cancer Trials & Research

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Breast Cancer Trials & Research

Compass Oncology and The US Oncology Network work together to provide cancer research and clinical trials for new breast cancer treatment therapies. 

Search for a breast cancer clinical trial that might be ideal for your type of breast cancer.

The Genetics of Breast Cancer

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The Genetics of Breast Cancer

Five to ten percent of breast cancers are associated with inherited factors. This means that the vast majority of breast cancer patients do not have a family history. However, if you have a first-degree female relative diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk is doubled.

Signs of Breast Cancer

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Signs of Breast Cancer

Knowing what to look for can help you be proactive in detecting breast cancer so you can have a better outcome. The most common sign of breast cancer is a lump or mass, but additional warning signs can also be easily detectable

High-Risk Breast Clinic at Compass Oncology

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High-Risk Breast Clinic at Compass Oncology

Clinicians in the High-Risk Breast Clinic are dedicated to educating patients and their families about their risk of developing breast cancer and providing interventions to reduce risk and increase the odds of early detection.

Support Services for Breast Cancer Patients

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Support Services for Breast Cancer Patients

From local support groups to ongoing classes, genetic risk testing to financial counseling and patient assistance programs, the specialists at Compass Oncology are here for you every step of the way.

We encourage you to learn more and take advantage of our supportive care services, including our Women’s Cancer monthly support group at our Vancouver, WA location.

Resources for Breast Cancer Survivors

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Resources for Breast Cancer Survivors

With a breast cancer diagnosis comes the need for support. There are many cancer support groups and organizations to choose from that will help you in every step of your journey with group gatherings, reading materials, and more.

CompassTalks Breast Cancer

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CompassTalks Breast Cancer

CompassTalks features the physicians, advanced practice providers, and supportive care providers at Compass Oncology speaking about breast cancer care. Videos include information on preparing for cancer treatments, the basics of cancer, raising awareness, and the most recent developments in cancer treatments. 

View all of our Breast Cancer talks.

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