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Breast Cancer in Men
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Breast cancer in men usually starts in a duct. You may feel uncomfortable about talking to your healthcare provider if you notice changes or problems in your breasts. It is important to have changes and problems checked. Breast cancer is less common in men than in women, but men can get breast cancer. Breast cancer found early is easier to treat.
WHILE YOU ARE HERE:
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If you have trouble swallowing, you may be given foods that are soft or in liquid form. Ask your healthcare provider about any extra nutrition you may need, such as nutrition shakes or vitamins. Tell your healthcare provider if you have problems eating, or if your stomach is upset.
Drink liquids as directed:
It is especially important to drink enough liquids if you are vomiting from chemotherapy. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Try to drink liquids throughout the day, and not just when you feel thirsty. It may be helpful to drink liquids between your meals instead of with your meals.
- Antinausea medicine may help calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.
- Pain medicine may be given. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more medicine.
- Blood tests give your healthcare provider information about how your body is working.
- A CT or MRI may show if the cancer has spread to other parts of your body. You may be given contrast liquid to help the tumor show up better. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.
- A biopsy is a procedure used to remove part or all of the tumor.
- A bone scan is used to see if the cancer has spread to your bones. You will get a radioactive liquid, called a tracer, through a vein in your arm. The tracer collects in your bones.
- Surgery is the most common treatment of breast cancer in men. Surgery may be used to remove your breast tissue. You may also need to have one or more lymph nodes removed. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about surgery for breast cancer in men.
- Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-ray beams to kill cancer cells.
- Chemotherapy medicines are used to kill cancer cells. You may receive one medicine or a combination of medicines.
- Targeted therapy is medicine that finds markers on some cancer cells and kills the cells.
- Hormone medicine may be used if the cancer is sensitive to hormones.
You may get a blood clot in your arm or leg. The clot may travel to your heart or brain and cause life-threatening problems, such as a heart attack or stroke. If breast cancer is not treated, it can spread to other parts of your body, such as your liver, lungs, and brain. It may become life-threatening. The cancer may spread even if you are treated.
CARE AGREEMENT:You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.
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