Ask Mount Sinai: What you need to know about breast cancer treatment

Henrietta Brewer
October 16, 2018

"They had the idea and outlook of 'OK, I have to get out and it's a temporary thing and I can finish and I can go on with the rest of my life'".

Surveyed patients say that people who have access to a dedicated specialist nurse are more likely to discuss their needs and concerns.

"As a rabbi, I had known so many women who had gone through cancer treatment", she said. However, this is only possible if the abnormal gene, BRCA1, was passed down to you. Some risk factors can be avoided, but most risk factors cannot be avoided. "This is all very important to consider because the risk increases with age, however we usually start worrying from the age of 35 and above". Risk factors that can not be changed are gender; age; race; family history; personal health history; early menstruation; and late menopause (after 55).

During the event, officials at Nebraska Medicine asked people to paint rocks with messages of hope and encouragement for people who are dealing with breast cancer.

Mammograms are considered the gold standard of care for breast cancer screening.


21, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, all three Queens-based organizations - from Rosedale, Cambria Heights and Jamaica - will show their support to help cure breast cancer.

She hence calls upon people to be alert when it comes to the initial signs by doing a breast self-examination. Women at increased risk of breast cancer, for example with a strong family history, may be eligible for breast screening before turning 50.

Kabarungi explains that it can be done from the age of 18 and above, at least once a month.

On whether the Government has sufficient money in its kitty to boost the Pharmac budget, she said: "There doesn't seem to be a particular lack of money it's just that the system has been set and it hasn't been changed or reviewed for 25 years". "A radiologist can try to interpret if all of the tissue in the breast appears normal, or if there are some areas - which often are clinically undetectable - that appear suspicious".

Instead, it's best to examine your breasts as a whole - keeping track of what they normally feel and look like - so you can report any changes to your doctor, whether they're cancer or not, she adds. So what should you do if you have dense breasts?


Most of the funding goes to awareness and early detection, she said.

The head of the Breast Cancer Foundation, Evangelia Henderson, said women and others should not have to mortgage their homes or beg to get the drugs.

"She's been a great spirit and the one person right by my side right now", Tatum said.

"Depending on the stage, we can either do surgery or chemotherapy". Imaging tests are often read by radiology generalists rather than breast specialists. "Most patients who get a mastectomy are those with high risk", Mugaba says.

The numbers are just too high to risk it. With this, the surgeons take out the breasts or ovaries to reduce the risk.


While some women may fear that the radiation used to take mammogram X-rays could cause cancer to appear or spread, Matthiesen said there is no evidence to support that claim.

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