Posted on Oct 22, 2019 in Senior Health
While many individuals are getting ready for the holidays and picking out Halloween costumes in October, they might have overlooked something, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is a chance to bring awareness to the disease that is breast cancer. At least one in eight women will get breast cancer during their life. Although there are various forms of cancer, breast cancer is one of the most common.
Although all diseases require a medical diagnosis, some of the following symptoms are known. It should be noted that all individuals may experience different symptoms as breast tumors may vary across individuals.
The symptoms for invasive breast cancer are more severe and can be found here.
Following a doctors diagnosis, there are a few options for treatment depending on the stage at which cancer was found.
Chemotherapy: Doctors will utilize specialized medications that will shrink or kill the cancerous cells hurting the patient. These drugs the patient is being prescribed can either be given intravenously (IV) or in a pill form.
Hormone therapy: The doctor will provide the patient with a medication that will prevent cancer cells from growing by blocking them from accessing the hormones they need in order to grow.
Surgery: Doctors will put the patient under a local anesthesia and remove the tumor or cancerous tissue.
Radiation therapy: Doctors will utilize rays powered with high energy, similar to x-rays, in order to kill all cancerous cells alive and replicating in the patient’s body.
If you are worried about breast cancer, there are preventative measures you can take. For instance, if breast cancer runs in your family, you can do genetic testing to see if you carry the breast cancer gene. It should be noted that if it is found that you carry the gene, it is not guaranteed that you will develop breast cancer, it simply means you carry the gene for it.
Other measures you can take are to schedule preventive mammograms with your general practitioner. They typically begin for women that are age forty and above, but if you speak with your GP, you may be able to begin them at an earlier age. If you do not want to get a mammogram, you can opt for a breast exam where the doctor will exam for unusual breast tissue and tumors instead. At home breast exams can also be conducted as well. A follow along guide can be found here.
If you need any extra information regarding breast cancer, treatment options, or preventative exams, please reference the following resources.
Landmark Senior Living offers short term/respite care to those who need short term stays at a senior living facility. Following treatment, one might need supervised care with 24/7 on-staff nursing, activities to keep them engaged, and 3 nutritious hand prepared meals. If you or your loved one needs short term/respite care following a diagnosis, or are interested in assisted living solely for the extra assistance, contact our senior living facility in new mexico.