The following are terms you may hear or read while educating
yourself about breast health or dealing with breast cancer.
This is not a complete list of medical terms. If you have
any questions about terms not listed here, ask your health-care
a growth that is NOT cancerous.
therapy: cancer treatment that works by targeting specific
cellular flaws associated with cancer cell growth.
removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope
to see if cancer is present.
Bone marrow transplant: cells are removed from the patients
bone marrow and given back to them after they received high
doses of chemotherapy.
Scan: used to detect possible bone metastasis.
conserving surgery: a portion of the breast is removed
by either lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, usually followed
by radiation therapy.
reconstruction: surgery to rebuild a breast after mastectomy
with either implants or tissue from another part of the body.
self-examination( BSE): examination of ones breasts
for changes. Any change detected should be brought to the
attention of a health-care provider.