Doctor Gorman, a breast surgeon specializing in surgical oncology and surgical diseases of the breast, has released a new article addressing frequently asked questions and new data on breast cancer recurrence.
Risks of Breast Cancer Recurrence Revealed
The findings of a recent Danish study have been released, revealing that the risks of breast cancer recurrence last years beyond what science initially indicated. Due to the release of this new data, there is greater insight into the odds of reproduction and who is at high risk for it. Though it is not common, every survivor of breast cancer faces a chance of recurrence. Patients need to understand the realities of this diagnosis and proactive measures that can be taken to fight against recurrence.
Recurrence is the term used to describe when several breast cancer cells evade initial treatment and later aggregate. In doing so, they cause cancer to return despite months or even years of remission. If a recurrence does occur, a breast surgeon will categorize it by its appearance in proximity to the initial breast cancer. There are three forms of recurrence, each of which will determine the treatment methods used. Today’s medical technology is highly evolved, allowing significant success rates in therapy procedures and a sense of hope for those who receive such a diagnosis.
Doctor Gorman and her team at Texas Breast Center understand the alarm that may come with a breast cancer recurrence. With empathy and top-tier treatment regimens, she is dedicated to offering her patients an advanced, personalized, targeted approach to breast surgery and breast cancer treatment. Readers can visit the Texas Breast Center website to learn more in-depth information on breast cancer recurrence, risk factors, treatment options, and preventative measures that can be taken, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Gorman.
Dr. Valerie Gorman released an article, Breast Cancer Recurrence: What and Why?, discussing breast cancer recurrence, or the return of breast cancer after being cancer free. She discusses causes, risks, and treatment of recurrent cancer so that her patients, or any patients, can know what to look for pre-emptively, and what to expect should their cancer come back.
Recurrence traditionally happens within the first few years after initial treatment, and happens in a minority of patients. It can come back in three forms: local, regional, or distant. Local recurrence indicates that cancer has grown back in the same place it grew in the first place. Regional recurrence means the cancer is still near the breasts, but has infected the lymph nodes. Distance recurrence has spread to other organs around the body. Each of these types can require a unique treatment plan.
However, before treatment is necessary, cancer-free patients must keep an eye out for any signs of cancer coming back. Dr. Gorman advises that, “Regular self-breast checks are just as necessary after breast cancer treatments as they are before,” and encourages keeping an eye out for the signs or symptoms of the three types of recurrences.
Dr. Gorman and her team will work with you from your first diagnosis through creating your personalize treatment plan and long after treatment is finished to ensure that you are informed and healthy. They know that you may always want a support team with you should questions arise or your cancer return, and they are there to be that for you.
The Texas Breast Center is ready to help new and old patients with breast related diseases. Dr. Gorman specializes in surgical breast diseases and surgical oncology. She is the Chief of Surgery and Medical Director of Surgical Services at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center.