|Breast Cancer In Young Women|
|Breast Cancer In Young Women|
|Understanding Breast Cancer||Survivorship Phases|
|Understanding Metastatic Breast Cancer||Survivor Stories|
|Young Women at High Risk||Statistics and Disparities|
|Getting Back That Evening Dress Look||Living Your Best: Quality of Life|
|Handling the Details||Research|
|For Caregivers||Healthcare Professionals|
|Partners And Sponsors|
In 2013, Young Survival Coalition celebrates 15 years of supporting women 40 and under affected by breast cancer. In the tradition of its founders, YSC pioneers research, information about treatment options and helps with the challenges and frustrations young women face when diagnosed. As the first organization to recognize these needs, YSC will be highlighting its accomplishments as well as the cancer community’s.
Check back on the 15th of each month to see 15 new facts!
Breast Cancer Glossary
|15 basic breast cancer terms compiled from the glossary on pages 38-46 of the Treatment Navigator found in YSC’s Newly Resource Diagnosed Kit (NDRK).|
The removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope to check for cancer cells.
Affecting both sides of the body.
Gene that when mutated predisposes the carrier to breast, ovarian or prostate cancer.
Often referred to simply as “chemo.” The use of drugs to kill cancer cells, delivered either orally or intravenously (IV).
A series of pictures of areas inside the body created by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. Also called a CAT Scan.
A closed sac or capsule usually filled with fluid or semi-solid material.
Cells that look abnormal under a microscope, but are not cancerous.
Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)
The removal of tissue for evaluation from a suspicious lump using a small-gauge hypodermic needle.
A process used to produce a diagnostic picture, including x-ray, mammography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect any visible suspicious masses.
Swelling of the arm that can follow surgery to the axillary (armpit area) lymph nodes. This condition can occur directly after surgery or at a later date and can be temporary or permanent.
Removal of the breast for the purpose of extracting breast cancer.
The spread of cancer cells from the primary location to another non-adjacent organ or area of the body.
The area of healthy, noncancerous tissue that surrounds a tumor. Margins are used as a reference for predicting local recurrence.
The use of chemicals to halt ovarian function and shut down a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan
A procedure that injects small amounts of radioactive glucose (sugar) into the veins, while a scanner creates detailed digital images. Since cancerous cells often metabolize more glucose than normal cells, it allows for the identification of abnormal cells.
View the YSC glossary for a complete list of breast cancer terms.
YSC’s Newly Diagnosed Resource Kit was launched in 2005 as a pilot program in Atlanta, Ga. The program was rolled out nationally in 2009, with the addition of a comprehensive Treatment Navigator to help the user keep track of everything from conversations and questions to bills and test results.