Samina Reza, MD
Florida Medical Clinic Hematology / Oncology

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Breast Cancer Treatment From A Board-Certified Oncologist in Land O’Lakes and Zephryhills, Florida

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, with 1 in 8 being diagnosed in their lifetime.  It is also the second leading cause of cancer death among women.  However, it can affect anyone as approximately 1 in 1000 men are diagnosed in their lifetime.  Timely diagnosis, coordinated care, and strategic treatment are vital to successful eradication regardless of gender.  With early and accurate diagnosis, breast cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer.  There are over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today and Dr. Reza and her team at Florida Medical Clinic Hematology / Oncology work diligently to increase this statistic.

At Florida Medical Clinic Hematology / Oncology, breast cancer treatment options include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery

Lowering the Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

After breast cancer treatment, it’s important to set healthy, manageable, lifestyle goals. Exercising and eating a nutritious diet can help prevent a recurrence of breast cancer.

  • A Healthy Diet – Studies have found that breast cancer survivors with diets high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, chicken and fish tend to live longer.
  • Being Active – Studies have found a strong link between physical activity and a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence.
  • A Healthy Weight – The risk of breast cancer recurrence decreases by maintaining a healthy weight.

Understanding the Stages of Breast Cancer

Stage 0: Stage 0 breast cancer is considered non-invasive (in situ), and has not spread to surrounding tissues. Stage 0 cancer is classified as either Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)

Stage I and II:  (Early-Stage Invasive) In stage I cancer, cancer cells have not spread beyond the breast, and the tumor is not larger than 2 cm.
Stage II cancer is classified as either stage IIA or stage IIB.

Stage III: (Locally Advanced) Stage III breast cancer is classified into several sub-categories: Stage IIIA, stage IIIB, and stage IIIC. In stage IIIB breast cancer, the tumor has spread to either of the following:

  • Nearby issues near the breast (skin or chest wall)
  • Lymph nodes within the breast or underarms

Stage IIIC breast cancer is classified as either operable or inoperable.

Stage IV: In stage IV, the cancer has spread from the breast to other parts of the body, in many cases it has metastized to the bone.

For more information about breast cancer treatment, click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reza.  Our offices are conveniently located in Zephyrhills and Land O’ Lakes, Florida.