Breast Cancer Case Study

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Cancer is one of the most deadly disease next to heart disease. Without the proper equipment, many breast cancer could go undiagnosed and overlooked. Nancy McIlhenney was diagnosed with breast cancer ( Invasive lobular carcinoma) back in November 2015, when she noticed a large lump within her breast. When she went to the doctors, they said that the lump she was feeling was fatty tissue but the cancer itself was hidden behind it. Granted that it might be caused by environmental due to radiation being found with in her hometown of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and being exposed to it for twenty seven plus years.There is still a chance that it could be genetically passed down from her dad 's side of the family because of Ashkenazi Jewish blood …show more content…
But at the time of her diagnosis she had no recollection of having the blood of Ashkenazi. Without genetic testing most people wouldn 't know where their ancestors originated from or if they are a carrier of diseases like breast cancer. There were many factors in play that could have caused the development of breast cancer. First she went to get the mammograms they asked if she wanted a regular Mammogram of the the 3-D one. If she did not get a 3-D mammogram the whole cancer itself would have went undetected, Currently she stresses the importance of mammography to other women who might have a breast cancer gene or at the age to receive one. Without mammograms more people would die from breast cancer, but with the right diagnosis and treatment, the prevention of cancer is …show more content…
"The treatment of breast cancer, like any other cancer, should include a multidisciplinary team approach. Finally, the diagnosis should be carefully explained and discussions of treatment options with the patient are critical. Such discussions will allow patients to assume an active role in their treatment" (Keleher 124).

When a women is diagnosed with breast cancer, surgery is usually the first option of treatment. "there are many type of treatment plans but the most common is a mastectomy/lumpectomy" (Brown 66). Lumpectomy are usually suggested for masses that are one centimeter or less (Beginning of stage II and stage I diagnosis). They go in and remove the affected area and treat it with a numerous about of radiation. Mastectomies are usually recommended to individuals that have a mass that are bigger than two centimeters (Stage II B or greater). and after the surgery is complete. The surgeons usually remove up to five lymph nodes and test them to see if any are positive. If atleast one comes back positive they start to recommend chemo treatments. Some treatments can last up to six or seven months while other can last only three or four months. It all depends on where you land on the scale stage

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