Breast cancer is a collection of different diseases, and prognosis and treatment decisions can vary depending on the specific characteristics of a person’s breast cancer. The cells of origin – the ducts or lobules – are one piece of information that can be helpful. All breast cancers are tested for the presence of endocrine receptors (estrogen receptors and progesterone receptors), and invasive cancers also are tested for over-expression of a gene called HER2 (or HER2-neu). These details allow physicians to recommend the best treatment for each individual with breast cancer.
Your Guide to the Breast Cancer Pathology Report
Available in print at the Library or as a downloadable PDF.
Early Stage Breast Cancer – An Introduction
Dr. Erica Mayer discusses what is important for patients to know about early stage breast cancer following a diagnosis. Beginning with types of breast cancer, Dr. Mayer guides patients through understanding their treatment plan and health care team, recent advancements in research and treatments, and questions to ask.
Metastatic Breast Cancer -- An Introduction
This patient education video offers an introduction to metastatic breast cancer, which is breast cancer that has spread to another location in the body or comes back in a distant location. This video is led by 3 women diagnosed with this disease, Kim Dowling, Helen Karys, and Paige Sinclair, and by Dr. Lidia Schapira.
Male breast cancer: Mayo Clinic Radio
On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Kathryn Ruddy, a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist, discusses the rare and often overlooked disease of male breast cancer.