Breast Cancer: A Guide for Patients

Guides for Patients are designed to assist patients, their relatives and caregivers to better understand the nature of different types of cancer and evaluate the best available treatment choices.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that originates from breast tissues, usually it is formed from the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) or lobules (glands that make milk) cells. It occurs in both women and men, although breast cancer in women is more frequent. There are several subtypes of breast cancer, but some of them are quite rare.

Beyond a definition of breast cancer, in this guide for patients you will find answers to questions such as:

  •     Is breast cancer frequent?
  •     What causes breast cancer?
  •     How is breast cancer diagnosed?
  •     Common misconceptions about breast cancer treatment
  •     What is important to know to get the optimal treatment?
  •     What are the treatment options?
  •     What happens after the treatment?

This guide for patients has been prepared in collaboration with Anticancer Fund as a service to patients, to help patients and their relatives better understand the nature of Breast Cancer and appreciate the best treatment choices available according to the subtype of Breast Cancer. ESMO recommends that patients ask their doctors about what tests or types of treatments are needed for their type and stage of disease.

Patient Guides for Breast Cancer were published in 2013.