Oncology

At FCPP, patients can find state-of-the-art cancer care right in their community, with everything they need in one place – from cutting-edge treatments based on the latest research and access to clinical trials, to emotional and financial assistance.

Our multidisciplinary team includes academic-level oncologists, a certified oncology nurse navigator to act as the patient’s advocate and guide, and support services that care for the whole person – not just the disease – with sensitivity and the highest level of expertise.

Medical oncology focuses on treating cancer with chemical agents that destroy cancer cells. It also provides treatment to the body to help it defend itself against further disease. Our program strives to provide the most advanced treatments and therapies by continually researching and exploring new and better modalities. Balanced with a team of caring, understanding professionals, our cancer-care program forms a network of state-of-the-art treatment and compassionate support for each patient in our care.

The experienced Hematology/Oncology professionals at our Cancer-Care Center provide a full range of treatment and services, including screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. We also have specialists on staff who provide counseling and support for patients and family members. In addition, they can prescribe lifestyle and nutrition advice to ease the challenges that may result from treatment.

Breast Cancer

You have breast cancer. We’re here to help!

A breast cancer diagnosis is life-changing. We’re here to help you and your loved ones make a more informed treatment decision. We encourage you to explore this area to learn more about the disease, what lies ahead and your treatment options.

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I’ve just been diagnosed…

Learn about breast cancer

Understanding breast cancer can help you make a more informed treatment decision. Learn about the types of breast cancer, as well as risk factors, symptoms and staging information.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is cancer that forms in cells of the breast. The breast consists of lobules (glands that make breast milk), ducts (small tubes that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple), fatty and connective tissue, blood vessels and lymph vessels.

The milk-producing ducts and glands are the two most likely areas to develop cancerous cells. In rarer cases, breast cancer begins in fatty tissues, also known as stromal tissues. Breast cancer may also occur in surrounding lymph nodes, especially those of the underarm.

Breast cancer incidence

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one in eight women who live to be age 80 will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This makes the disease the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, after skin cancer. NCI estimates that 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States in 2009.
One in four cancers diagnosed in the United States is breast cancer, yet women are not the only ones receiving the diagnosis. Although the incidence of breast cancer is much less common among men, approximately 1,700 American men learn they have breast cancer each year.

Breast cancer is one of the most highly publicized cancers in the media today. Local and national breast cancer awareness events are reminders of its prevalence. Many of us know someone who previously had or is currently battling breast cancer. Fortunately, advancements in breast cancer research provide new treatment options and technologies for those battling the disease.

How breast cancer develops

The breast, like any other part of the body, is composed of cells which produces new set of cells for growth and reproduction. When the process of cell cycle fails to do its work, and there are abnormal changes in the genes that are responsible for their growth, they grow uncontrollably and form a tumor.

These tumors can actually be benign or malignant. Benign tumors may be large, but are usually non-cancerous. While malignant tumors or the cancerous ones, becomes large enough and can be identified through a mammogram and will later on develop to later stages of breast cancer development. They may even spread fast in other areas of the body.
The disease is something that can be checked on your own, therefore if you notice any lumps in the breast area, it is very important that you see a doctor to rule out any diagnosis of breast disease. However, as far as how breast cancer develops, the abovementioned statements are generally of big help.

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Our physicians will work in conjunction with Imaging and Diagnostic services to discover the extent of disease. The physicians will then analyze all data and discuss their diagnosis with the patient.

Then together, we develop a comprehensive breast cancer treatment plan that works for you. Your individualized plan will include advanced medical treatments and technologies, combined with integrative oncology services to help reduce side effects and keep you strong in body, mind and spirit.