Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer in Men
Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in Men
Treatment for Breast Cancer in Men
“Mastectomy will be the most common surgical treatment, although breast conservation could be offered,” says Dr. Radford. “Adjuvant treatment (radiation, chemotherapy, endocrine therapy) will be decided based on stage, estrogen receptor status of the tumor, etc.”
Dr. Michael Musci, medical oncologist from Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, adds: “The treatment protocol is slightly different for men than for women. The surgical treatment for men is modified radical mastectomy. Women often choose lumpectomy because they want to conserve their breasts. Men aren’t usually too concerned about saving breast tissue. Male breast cancer is most commonly treated with radiation, chemotherapy and/or tamoxifen, which is similar to treatment in females with breast cancer.”
Men can get all the same types of breast cancers that women do — progesterone receptor positive and negative, estrogen positive and negative, and HER2 positive and negative — and triple-negative breast cancer, which does not respond to hormone treatments like tamoxifen, says Dr. Musci.
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