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Our Comprehensive Cancer Clinics in Chandler and Gilbert, Arizona are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The average risk for breast cancer in a woman’s lifetime up to age 90 is approximately 12 percent. Risk increases with age, but according to the National Cancer Institute, even at age 70, the typical woman’s risk is less than 4 percent, which means she has slightly more than a 96 percent chance of not being diagnosed with breast cancer by age 70.
For more information about breast cancer or to schedule an appointment, please call 877.602.4111
The risk is there as women age, and doctors agree that vigilance is the key to catching breast cancer and treating it with the best chance of curing it and ensuring survival. Approximately 95 percent of breast cancer patients whose cancer is caught in an early stage survive beyond five years. The key to determining how best to monitor your breast health is a frank discussion with your doctor about how often you should have a screening mammogram once you reach age 40, based on your personal risk factors.
Breast cancer can take on many forms and may be referred to by any of the following terms.
Ductal Carcinoma – Breast cancer located in the lining of the milk ducts.
Lobular Carcinoma – Breast cancer located in the milk glands.
Invasive – Breast cancer that spreads beyond where it began in the breast to surrounding tissue, also referred to as metastasizing. About 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer cases occur each year.
Non-Invasive - Breast cancer that is confined to where in the breast it began. About 50,000 cases of non-invasive breast cancer occur each year.
Hormone-Receptor Positive – This means the breast cancer tumor cells contains hormone receptors. Hormone therapy can be used to block estrogen and/or progesterone production in order to slow or stop the growth of hormone-sensitive (or hormone-dependent) breast cancers.
Hormone-Receptor Negative – This means the breast cancer tumor cells do not contain hormone receptors. Hormone therapy would not be an effective treatment to slow or stop the growth of a tumor.
Our experienced and compassionate oncology nurse navigator quickly becomes the champion for patients, as she counsels, schedules and coordinates each office visit.
Patients can expect the following:
Patients can count on our nurse navigator to help guide them through their entire journey, coordinating physician appointments and communication between providers and counselors within our clinic.
You can minimize your risk of developing breast cancer through these four steps:
Our two comprehensive cancer clinics are conveniently located near you in Chandler and Gilbert. You can find the Dignity Health East Valley Cancer Clinics on the campus of Chandler Regional Medical Center (located at Dobson and Frye Rd in Chandler, AZ) and also on the campus of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center (located at Val Vista just south of the 202 in Gilbert, AZ).