Breast Disorders

Halsted is here to help you fight breast disorders, which includes one of the most common invasive cancers- breast cancer!

Forewarned Is The Forearmed

There are many breast disorders, affecting women at any age. Most of them are benign, such as tenderness, inverted nipples, pain, nipple discharge and skin changes. The most common breast disorders are lumps. They can be benign or malignant. While the mind immediately evokes worst-case scenarios, not all changes or discomfort in the breast is cancer.At Halsted, we walk along with you to help you reclaim your health and confidence while offering expert diagnosis and breast disorders treatment.

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Types Of Breast Disorders

Benign Breast Disorders
Breast Cancer
  • Fibroadenomas

Fibroadenomas are painless, solid tumours in the breast that form due to surplus connective tissue and milk-producing glands. They are benign, round and feel rubbery, often moving and slipping around the breast when pushed. They can happen between the ages of 20 to 40.

  • Fibrocystic Changes

Symptomatic breast changes that happen due to hormonal fluctuation during the menstrual cycle are called fibrocystic changes. The symptoms include thickening of breast tissue, increased tenderness, and lump size. Fibrocystic changes arise a week before the menses and reduce after it. They may happen in one or both breasts. They are also the common cause for benign lumps in women within the 35 to 50 age group.

  • Breast Cysts

Breast cysts are fluid-filled sacs that are often present in both breasts. They are benign and differ in sizes. They feel like tiny lumps, and their size may alter during the menstrual cycle.

  • Gynecomastia

Enlarged and tender breasts in young boys and men are referred to as gynecomastia. It occurs either due to specific medication or due to hormone imbalance. Frequently, there is a lump present under the nipple.

  • Skin injury
  • Spinal conditions
  • Heartburn/chest pain
  • Calcium deposits
  • Abnormal growth
  • Hormonal changes
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Muscle or connective tissue strain
  • Tenderness or swelling of breasts
  • Rashes on breast/nipple
  • Constant pain in one/both breasts
  • Discharges from one/both nipples
  • MRI scans
  • Ultrasound tests
  • Mammograms
  • Lab tests for nipple discharge
  • Image-guided core needle breast biopsy
  • Fine-needle aspiration or excisional biopsy

No treatment is needed for a majority of benign breast disorders. If there is an enhanced risk of breast cancer, extreme pain or atypical hyperplasia, then treatment is necessary:

  • Fine needle aspiration
  • Lumpectomy surgery
  • Oral antibiotics
When breast cells grow into surrounding tissue or migrate to another part of the body, it is called breast cancer. The cells form a tumour which feels like a lump. It majorly happens in women, but there is a slight chance of breast cancer in men.
  • Ageing
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Alcohol
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Radiation exposure
  • Oestrogen exposure
  • History of breast cancer
  • Hormone replacement therapy

Breast cancer symptoms differ for each person. These may include:

  • Swelling
  • Skin redness
  • Skin thickening
  • Nipple changes
  • Nipple scaliness
  • Nipple discharge
  • Dimpling or puckering
  • Lump in breasts or armpit
  • Mass in the breast or armpit
  • Ulcer on the breast or nipple

Breast cancer can be diagnosed using the following tests:

  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammogram
  • Image-guided core needle biopsy

There are three ways to treat breast cancers – surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

  • Surgery is based on the size and location of the tumour and the size of the breast. It can be of two types:
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Chemotherapy is used to shrink the size of the tumour by killing cancerous cells. It can be administered:
  • Orally
  • Intravenously
  • Radiation therapy is often used as palliative treatment to lessen symptoms and improve quality of life. It can be used to kill cancer cells:
  • Before surgery
  • After surgery

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