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Understanding Breast Cancer Guide

The Understanding Breast Cancer Guide provides an overview of all the Understanding Breast Cancer sections to give you quick access to areas of interest.

 

Breast Cancer Facts and Statistics

The Breast and Breast Cancer  

Other Breast Conditions 

Introduction
Structure and function of the breasts
What is breast cancer?
    Invasive cancer
    Non-invasive breast cancer (ductal
    carcinoma in situ, DCIS)

What are the warning signs of breast cancer? 

Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
Benign breast conditions (benign breast disease)
     Hyperplasia
     Cysts
     Fibroadenomas
     Intraductal papillomas 
     Sclerosing adenosis
     Radial scars 

Breast Cancer Statistics 

Breast Cancer in Men 

Breast cancer statistics
Breast cancer in the U.S. 
    Breast cancer in women 
    Breast cancer in men 
Time trends of breast cancer in the U.S. 
    Rates of breast cancer over time 
    Mammography and rates of early 
    detection over time 

    Race/ethnicity and breast cancer rates 
    over time 

    Rates of breast cancer in men
    over time 

Geographic variation in breast cancer rates 
    Worldwide variation 
    Variation within the U.S. 
Race/ethnicity and breast cancer rates 
    Migration to the U.S. and breast
    cancer rates 

African American women 
Ashkenazi Jewish women 
Asian American and Pacific Islander women 
Hispanic/Latina women 
American Indian and Alaska Native women
Lesbian and bisexual women
Transgender people 
Age and breast cancer 
    Younger women 
Pregnant women 
Glossary
References 

Breast facts for men
Breast cancer in men in the U.S.
Warning signs of breast cancer in men 
Types of breast cancer in men 
Benign breast conditions in men 
    Gynecomastia
Risk factors for breast cancer in men 
    Age 
    Klinefelter’s syndrome 
    BRCA2 gene mutations and family history 
    of breast cancer 
    Gynecomastia 
    Other risk factors 

 

Risk Factors and Prevention 

Understanding Risk and Risk Reduction 

Topics for People at Higher Risk of Breast Cancer 

Introduction  
Understanding risk 
Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool (Gail model)  
Understanding prevention  
Breast cancer risk factors table 

 

BRCA1 and BRCA2 
Gene mutations and genetic testing  
Options for women at higher risk    
      More frequent or earlier screening 
      Preventive surgery 
      Risk-lowering drugs (tamoxifen
      and raloxifene)
  
      Table 29: The use of tamoxifen
      and raloxifene to reduce the risk
      of breast cancer
  
Clinical trials for women at higher risk 

Factors that Affect Breast Cancer Risk
(listed alphabetically)  

Factors that Do Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk 
(listed alphabetically)   

African American ethnicity 
Age 
Age at first childbirth and number of childbirths 
Age at first period 
Age at menopause 
Alcohol  
Ashkenazi Jewish heritage 
Being female 
Birth control pill use 
Blood androgen levels 
Blood estrogen levels  
Bone density 
Breast density on mammogram 
Breastfeeding 
Exercise (physical activity) 
Family history of breast, ovarian or prostate cancer 
Fruits, vegetables and carotenoids 
Height 
Hyperplasia and other benign breast conditions 
Inherited gene mutations 
Light at night and shift work 
Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) 
Menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use) 
Overweight and weight gain 
Personal history of breast cancer or other cancers 
Prolactin hormone levels 
Radiation exposure from medical imaging 
Radiation treatment during youth 
 

Factors that do not increase breast cancer risk  
Abortion  
Blood organochlorine levels (exposure to certain types of pesticides and industrial chemicals) 
Bras/underwire bras  
Breast implants  
Caffeine  
Cell phone use  
Deodorant/antiperspirant use  
Electromagnetic fields (EMF)  
Hair dyes and hair relaxers  
Left-handedness 
Trauma to the breast   

Factors Under Study  
(listed alphabetically)

Other Issues Related to Breast Cancer Risk 

Factors under study 
Acrylamide (found in foods such as French fries)  
Antibiotic use  
Aspirin use  
Birthweight (a person’s weight at birth) 
Breast size
Breastfed as an infant 
Dairy products 
DES (in utero exposure) and breast cancer risk among offspring   
Dietary fat  
Fertility drugs  
Folic acid (folate) and multivitamin use 
Glycemic index and insulin  
IGF-1 hormone levels 
Meat consumption  
Migraine headaches  
Parabens (found in some body care products and cosmetics) 
Plastics  
Secondhand smoke  
Smoking  
Soy and phytoestrogens  
Stress  
Vitamin D  

Healthy behaviors 
Race and ethnicity 
Socioeconomic status 
Breast cancer risk among lesbian and bisexual women 
Breast cancer and the environment 
Emerging areas in estimating risk and risk reduction 
Questions for your provider 
Glossary 
References 

 

Risk Factors Research Tables 

Table 1: Body weight and breast cancer risk  
Table 2: Weight gain and breast cancer risk 
Table 3: Alcohol and breast cancer risk 
Table 4: Physical activity and breast cancer risk  
Table 5: Breastfeeding and breast cancer risk  
Table 6: Blood estrogen levels and breast cancer risk  
Table 7: Blood androgen levels and breast cancer risk  
Table 8: Menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use and breast cancer risk)  
Table 9: Birth control pills and breast cancer risk  
Table 10: Age at menopause and breast cancer risk  
Table 11: BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations and cancer risk  
Table 12: Hyperplasia and breast cancer risk  
Table 13: Light at night/shift work and breast cancer risk  
Table 14: Fruits and vegetables and breast cancer risk  
Table 15: Carotenoids and breast cancer risk 
Table 16: Dairy products and breast cancer risk 
Table 17: Dietary fat and breast cancer risk  
Table 18: Meat and breast cancer risk 
Table 19: Soy and breast cancer risk  
Table 20: Vitamin D and breast cancer risk 
Table 21: IGF-1 and breast cancer risk  
Table 22: Smoking and breast cancer risk  
Table 23: Secondhand smoke and breast cancer risk  
Table 24: Hair dyes and breast cancer risk 
Table 25: Abortion and breast cancer risk 
Table 26: Electromagnetic fields and breast cancer risk  
Table 27: Blood organochlorine levels and breast cancer risk  
Table 28: Breast implants and breast cancer risk 

 

Early Detection and Screening

Screening Tests 

Screening Recommendations 

Mammography
    Digital mammography
    Dense breast tissue 
    Calcifications (and
    microcalcifications)
 
    Breast implants and
    mammography
    Physical disabilities and
    mammography
    Radiation exposure and
    mammography
    Screening mammography
    trends
    Low-cost and free
    mammograms 
Accuracy of mammograms
The mammography debate
Follow-up after an abnormal 
mammogram
 
Clinical breast exam
    Follow-up after an abnormal
    clinical breast exam
 
Breast MRI
Ultrasound 

For women at average risk 
     Ages 40-49 
     Ages 50-69 
     Ages 70 and older
For women at higher risk
     Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) 
     Atypical hyperplasia 
     BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
     Strong family history 
     Past radiation treatment
     Li-Fraumeni, Cowden or
     Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome
     Personal history of breast cancer
     (including DCIS)
     Dense breast tissue  
For men at higher risk due to an inherited gene mutation or strong family history 

 

Other Issues Related to Early Detection and Screening 

Clinical Trials 

Warning signs of breast cancer 
What to do if you find a lump 
Pregnancy, breastfeeding and mammography
Breast self-exam
Disparities in breast cancer screening
Quality of screening tests
Emerging areas in early detection
Questions for your provider
Glossary
References 

Clinical trials
     The importance of clinical trials
     Benefits of clinical trials
     Taking part in a clinical trial
     Questions to ask your health care
     provider and the clinical trial research
     coordinator, nurse or physician

     Who sponsors clinical trials
     Where to find a clinical trial 

Research Tables 

Table 30a: Breast cancer screening with mammography for women 40-49 
Table 30b: Breast cancer screening with mammography for women 50-69 
Table 31: Digital mammography vs. film mammography for breast cancer screening 
Table 32: Breast MRI plus mammography vs. mammography alone in some women at high risk 

 

Diagnosis

Types of Biopsies 

Pathology Reports 

Biopsies
     Needle biopsies
         Core needle biopsy
         Fine needle aspiration (fine
         needle biopsy)

     Surgical biopsies
         Excisional biopsy
         Incisional biopsy
How can a biopsy miss breast cancer? 

What is a pathology report?
Contents of a pathology report 

Factors that Affect Treatment and Prognosis 

How is Breast Cancer Staged? 

Introduction
Lymph node status
Tumor size
Tumor grade
Tumor type (where are the cancer cells and how do they look in the lab)
Tumor characteristics
     Hormone receptor status
     (estrogen receptor status and
     progesterone receptor status)

     HER2/neu status
     Proliferation rate
Tests for metastases
Oncotype Dx 

Staging of breast cancer
    Tumor size
    Lymph node status
    Metastasis
    Stages
Chances for survival based on breast cancer stage
Distribution of breast cancer stages in the population 

Types of Tumors 

Clinical trials 

Types of tumors
    Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
    Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC)
    Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC)
    Medullary carcinoma
    Mucinous (colloid) carcinoma
    Papillary carcinoma
    Tubular carcinoma
    Inflammatory breast cancer
    Paget disease of the breast
    (Paget disease of the nipple)

    Metaplastic breast cancer
    Other types of cancer that occur 
    in the breast

Molecular subtypes of breast cancer
     Triple negative breast cancer 

 Clinical trials
     The importance of clinical trials 
     Types of cancer treatment trials
     Benefits of clinical trials
     Taking part in a clinical trial
     Questions to ask your health care
     provider and the clinical trial research
     coordinator, nurse or physician

     Who sponsors clinical trials
     Where to find a clinical trial 

 

 Other Issues Related to Diagnosis 

Research Tables 

Emerging areas in diagnosis
Quality of life issues 
Diagnosis during pregnancy 
Questions for your provider
Glossary
References 

Table 33: Lymph node status and breast cancer survival
Table 34: Accuracy of sentinel node biopsy in predicting axillary lymph node status
Table 35: Tumor size and breast cancer survival
Table 36: Estrogen receptor status and overall survival  

 

Treatment

Overview of Treatment Options 

Types of Treatment for Different Stages of Breast Cancer 

Introduction
Surgery
    Lumpectomy
        Sentinel node biopsy
        Axillary dissection
    Mastectomy
        Sentinel node biopsy
        Axillary dissection
    Breast reconstruction
Radiation therapy
Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy drugs
Hormone therapies
    Tamoxifen
    Aromatase inhibitors 
    Ovarian suppression
    (therapies that stop the
    ovaries from producing
    hormones) 
Targeted therapies
    Trastuzumab (Herceptin)  
    Pertuzumab (Perjeta)
    Lapatinib (Tykerb) and other
    tyrosine-kinase inhibitors 
Neoadjuvant (preoperative) therapies
Personalized medicine - tailoring breast cancer treatment
Emerging therapies 

Treatment options for different stages of breast cancer
    Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS,
    stage 0)
 
    Early breast cancer (stage I and II)
    Locally advanced/inflammatory 
    breast cancer (stage III) 

    Metastatic breast cancer (stage IV) 

Factors that Affect Treatment and Prognosis  

Other Issues Related to Treatment 

Introduction
Lymph node status
Tumor size
Tumor grade
Tumor type (where are the cancer cells and how do they look in the lab)
Tumor characteristics
     Hormone receptor status
     (estrogen receptor status and
     progesterone receptor status)

     HER2/neu status
     Proliferation rate
Tests for metastases
Oncotype Dx 
 

Subtypes of breast cancer
Things to consider before beginning treatment
Importance of following your breast cancer treatment plan
Supportive care and symptom management
Quality of life issues
Coping with stress
Pain management related to treatment 
Risk of developing invasive breast cancer after ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
The return of cancer after treatment (recurrence, relapse)
Survival and risk of having cancer return (recurrence, relapse) after treatment for early breast cancer
Breast reconstruction
Breast prosthesis
Getting good care
Insurance and other financial issues 
    Insurance 
    Transportation and lodging assistance 
    Prescription drug assistance 
Glossary
References 

Treatment Issues for Younger Women 

Breast Cancer in Men 

Unique issues for young women with breast cancer 
    Prognosis for young women 
    Breast cancer treatment for young
    women 
    Breast cancer treatment and
    fertility 
Breast cancer during pregnancy 
    Diagnosis of breast cancer in
    pregnant women 
    Breast cancer treatment for
    pregnant women 
    Prognosis for pregnant women
    with breast cancer
    Breastfeeding after a breast
    diagnosis
 

Breast cancer in men 
    Prognosis and survival 
    Breast cancer screening in men 
    Types of breast cancer in men 
    Treatment for breast cancer in men
Breast facts for men 

Clinical Trials 

Questions for Your Provider 

Clinical trials 
     The importance of clinical trials 
     Types of cancer treatment trials
     Benefits of clinical trials 
     Taking part in a clinical trial
     Questions to ask your health care
     provider and the clinical trial
     research coordinator, nurse
     or physician 

     Who sponsors clinical trials 
     Where to find a clinical trial 

 Questions for your provider 

 Surgery 
 Breast reconstruction 
 Radiation therapy  
 Chemotherapy 
 Hormone therapy 
 Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) 
 Early breast cancer 
 Locally advanced breast cancer   

Research Tables 

Message Board Forums
(share your experiences and thoughts on breast cancer topics)

Table 37: Mastectomy versus lumpectomy (breast conserving surgery) plus radiation and overall survival in early breast cancer 
Table 38: Radiation therapy following mastectomy and overall survival in stage II & III breast cancer 
Table 39: Adjuvant chemotherapy and overall survival 
Table 40: Different adjuvant chemotherapy combinations and overall survival in early breast cancer 
Table 41: Tamoxifen and overall survival in estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer 
Table 42: Trastuzumab (Herceptin) and overall survival in early breast cancer 
Table 43: Aromatase inhibitors and disease-free survival in early breast cancer  
Table 44: Lumpectomy plus radiation therapy in the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) 
Table 45: Tamoxifen in the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) 
Table 46: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy for women with stage II or stage III breast cancer 
Table 47: Neoadjuvant hormone therapy for women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer 
Table 48: High-dose chemotherapy (bone marrow transplant)
Table 49: Combined modality treatment and overall survival in inflammatory breast cancer 
Table 50: Trastuzumab (Herceptin) and overall response rate in metastatic breast cancer 
Table 51: Lapatinib (Tykerb) and overall response rate in metastatic breast cancer 

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Surgery and breast reconstruction
Chemotherapy
Radiation therapy
Hormone therapy
Targeted therapy
Metastatic breast cancer
Clinical trials
Young breast cancer survivors
Male breast cancer survivors
Living with persistent side effects
Dealing with insurance, employment and disability
Co-survivors (family, friends and caregivers) 

 

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) 

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) 

Other Issues Related to Treatment 

DCIS introduction  
Recommended treatments for DCIS 
     Surgery
          Lumpectomy 
          Mastectomy 
          Breast reconstruction 
     Radiation therapy  
     Hormone therapy with tamoxifen  
Risk of developing invasive breast cancer after DCIS 
Emerging areas in the treatment of DCIS 
References  
Things to consider before beginning treatment 
Importance of following your breast cancer treatment plan 
Supportive care and symptom managment 
Quality of life issues 
Coping with stress 
Pain management related to treatment 
Getting good care 
Insurance and other financial issues 
     Insurance  
     Transportation and lodging assistance  
     Prescription drug assistance 
Glossary
 

Questions for Your Provider
(by topic)

Treatment Issues for Younger Women 

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) 
Surgery 
Breast reconstruction  
Radiation therapy  
Hormone therapy   
Unique issues for young women with breast cancer  
Breast cancer during pregnancy  

Clinical Trials 

Research Tables 

Clinical trials
     The importance of clinical trials  
     Types of cancer treatment trials  
     Benefits of clinical trials 
     Taking part in a clinical trial 
     Questions to ask your health care
     provider and the clinical trial
     research coordinator, nurse
     or physician 
 
     Who sponsors clinical trials 
     Where to find a clinical trial  
Table 44: Lumpectomy plus radiation therapy in the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)  
Table 45: Tamoxifen in the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)    

Message Board Forums
(share your experiences and thoughts on breast cancer topics)

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Surgery and breast reconstruction 
Radiation therapy  
Hormone therapy  
Clinical trials  
Young breast cancer survivors  
Living with persistent side effects  
Dealing with insurance, employment and disability  
Co-survivors (family, friends and caregivers)  

 

Metastatic Breast Cancer 

Metastatic Breast Cancer  

Support for People with Metastatic Breast Cancer and Their Families 

Metastatic breast cancer introduction
Recommended treatments for metastatic breast cancer
      Hormone therapy  
          Ovarian suppression
          Tamoxifen
          Aromatase inhibitors
          Everolimus (Afinitor) and
          hormone therapy

      Chemotherapy
      Targeted therapies 
          Trastuzumab (Herceptin) 
          Trastuzumab emtansine
           (T-DM1, Kadcyla) 
           Lapatinib (Tykerb) and other 
           tyrosine-kinase inhibitors
 
           Pertuzumab (Perjeta)
Additional care for metastatic breast cancer
Pain management related to metastatic breast cancer
      Pain related to the tumor itself
Emerging areas in metastatic breast cancer treatment
Glossary
References  

Support
Sources of support for spouses, partners and other loved ones
Finding local sources of support
Quality of life issues
Depression
Hospice and end-of-life issues
Support resources 

Clinical Trials 

Research Tables 

Clinical trials
The importance of clinical trials
Types of cancer treatment trials
Benefits of clinical trials
Taking part in a clinical trial
Questions to ask your health care provider and the clinical trial research coordinator, nurse or physician
Who sponsors clinical trials
Where to find a clinical trial 

Table 48: High-dose chemotherapy (bone marrow transplant)
Table 50: Trastuzumab (Herceptin) and overall response rate in metastatic breast cancer
Table 51: Lapatinib (Tykerb) and overall response rate in metastatic breast cancer  

Other Information from Komen 

Komen-sponsored research on metastatic breast cancer   

Message Board Forums (Share your experiences and thoughts on breast cancer topics.)   

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Metastatic breast cancer
Clinical trials
Male breast cancer survivors
Dealing with insurance, employment and disability
Co-survivors (family, friends and caregivers)  

Chronicles of Hope (The Chronicles of Hope Series are powerful stories of survivorship. Susan G. Komen® is proud to have sponsored research that touched each of these women's lives.)

 

  

Getting Good Care 

Quality of Care 

Resources for Getting Good Care 

What is quality of care (good care)?
Choosing a physician
Getting a second opinion
Talking to your health care provider
Interpreter (translator) services
Choosing a hospital
Tips for finding a hospital  
Importance of following your breast cancer treatment plan
Treatment outside the U.S.  

Online resources for finding a health care provider and hospital or medical center
Financial assistance for people living with breast cancer
Questions for your potential provider
Glossary 
References 

Research Tables 

Table 54: Regional differences in rates of mastectomy in the U.S. 

 

Insurance and Other Financial Issues

Insurance 

Other Financial Issues Related to Breast Cancer Care 

Insurance
Health insurance
     Getting health insurance coverage 
     Comparing health insurance plans  
     Limited health insurance policies
     What to do if an insurance claim
      is denied 
     
Maintaining coverage during a job
     change or job loss

Disability insurance
Long-term care insurance 
Questions for your insurance provider 
Glossary
 

Breast cancer screening 

Low-cost and free mammograms 

Breast cancer treatment 

Transportation and lodging assistance
Prescription drug assistance
Mastectomy and reconstructive surgery coverage
Financial resources for people living with breast cancer 

 

Survivorship Topics

Common Concerns of Breast Cancer Survivors 

Other Topics for Breast Cancer Survivors 

Introduction
Fear of getting cancer again (recurrence, relapse) 
Quality of life issues
Lymphedema 
Side effects of treatment
      Radiation therapy
      Chemotherapy
      Targeted therapy
      Hormone therapy 
Late effects of breast cancer treatment
Sexuality and intimacy
Having children after breast cancer
Menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use)
Treating menopausal symptoms
     Hot flashes
     Vaginal symptoms
Concern for family members 

Medical care after treatment
Coping with stress
Fatigue and insomnia
Healthy lifestyle for breast cancer survivors
Being a young survivor
Getting involved
Questions for your provider
Glossary
References 

Research Tables 

Table 55: Pregnancy and breast cancer survival
Table 56: Menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use) and recurrence after breast cancer diagnosis
Table 57: Total fat intake and breast cancer survival
Table 58: Body weight and breast cancer survival
Table 59: Physical activity and breast cancer survival 
Table 60: Acupuncture for menopausal symptoms
Table 61: Antidepressants and other non-hormone medications for menopausal symptoms 
Table 62: Soy for menopausal symptoms
Table 63: Black cohosh for menopausal symptoms 
Table 64: Other supplements for menopausal symptoms 

 

Support

Types of Support for People with Breast Cancer 

Other Issues Related to Support 

Introduction
Support groups
Health care providers
Spiritual advisors and religious organizations
Hospice 

What is social support?
Sources of social support
Benefits of social support
Sources of support for spouses, partners and other loved ones
Finding local sources of support
Quality of life issues
Depression
Support resources
Glossary
References 

Research Tables 

Table 52: Support groups and breast cancer survival
Table 53: Social support and breast cancer survival  

 

Integrative and Complementary Therapies

Integrative and Complementary Therapies 

 

5-htp
Acupressure
Acupuncture
Acustimulation
Aloe
Arginine
Art therapy
Astragalus
Ayurveda
Black cohosh
Caffeine
Calcium
Chinese medicine
Coenzyme Q10
Coriolus mushroom
Dandelion
Echinacea
Essiac
Evening primrose oil
Fermented wheat germ extract
Flaxseed/flaxseed oil
Focusing
Folate (folic acid)
Garlic
Ginger
Ginkgo biloba
Ginseng
Grapeseed
Green tea
Guided imagery 

Hydrazine sulfate
Hypnosis
Lycopene
Macrobiotic diet
Maitake mushroom
Massage
Meditation
Melatonin
Milk thistle
Mistletoe
Modified citrus pectin
Music therapy
Niacin
Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils)
Organic food
Pet therapy
Physical therapy
Polysaccharide K (PSK)
Prayer
Probiotics
Psychotherapy
Qi gong
Quercetin
Reflexology
Reiki
Reishi mushroom 

Relaxation therapy
Resveratrol
Selenium
Shark cartilage
Shiatsu
Shiitake mushroom
Soy
St. John's wort
Tai chi
Therapeutic touch
Traditional Chinese medicine
Turmeric (curcumin)
Vitamin A
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
Yoga
Zinc 

Issues Related to Integrative and Complementary Therapies 

Recipes for Healthy Living   

What are complementary therapies? 
Safety of complementary therapies
The scientific evidence behind complementary therapies
Talking with your health care provider about complementary therapies
     Questions for your provider
Finding a complementary therapy practitioner
Clinical trials
     Resources for finding clinical trials
     of complementary therapies
Complementary therapy resources 
Glossary 
References 

Introduction
Featured recipe of the month
Recipe search tool  

 

Breast Cancer Research

Research Tables (by topic) 

Other Issues Related to Breast Cancer Research 

Risk factors
Risk-lowering drugs
Early detection and screening
Diagnosis and prognostic factors
Treatment
Support
Getting good care
Survivorship topics 

How to read a research table
Finding individual studies
Types of research studies
Large studies and statistical power
Glossary 

 

Resources

Websites Listed throughout Understanding Breast Cancer (by topic) 

Breast Cancer 101 Interactive Tool (by topic) 

Website resources
      Risk factors and prevention
      Early detection and screening
      Diagnosis
      Treatment 
      Metastatic breast cancer
      Integrative and complementary therapies
      Getting good care
      Survivorship topics
      Support
      Insurance and financial issues
      International resources 

Breast Cancer 101 (interactive tool)
      Incidence and risk factors
      Genetics and breast cancer
      Breast self-awareness
      Living a healthy lifestyle
      Special populations
      The breast and breast cancer 
      Cancer
      Medical imaging
      Diagnosis
      Types and stages of breast cancer
      Treatment
      Local therapy  
         Surgery 
         Breast reconstruction 
         Radiation therapy
      Chemotherapy
      Hormone therapy
      Targeted therapy
      Treatment options
      Integrative and complementary
      therapies

      Survivorship and recurrence
      Review 

Finding Health Information 

Glossary  

Using the Internet to find health information 

Glossary 

Other Susan G. Komen® Educational Resources 

Translated Komen Educational Materials 

Interactive treatment navigation tool
Facts for Life (fact sheets on many breast cancer topics)
Order educational materials at ShopKomen.com
Komen Perspectives (our perspective on recent study findings and special topics)
Common breast cancer acronyms
Netquiz (test your breast cancer knowledge) 

Translated Komen educational materials 

Updated 06/23/14