Coastal Hematology & Oncology Center
Jessica Taff, MD
Oncologist & Hematologist located in Toms River, NJ & Forked River, NJ
Did you know that one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime? For those living in or around Toms River and Forked River, New Jersey, the care of Jessica Taff, MD, at Coastal Hematology & Oncology Center can make a world of difference in the treatment process. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Taff today using the simple online booking tool, or call to check appointment availability.
Breast Cancer Q & A
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled cellular growth in breast tissue. There are various types of breast cancer that are categorized according to the type of cells affected.
Your breast is comprised of three main parts. Lobules are milk-producing glands, while the ducts are the tubes that transport milk to your nipple. The connective tissues that hold the breast together are the third part.
Most cases of breast cancer develop in the lobules or ducts, although there are less common types that can occur in the breast also. If cancerous cells spread to other parts of your body distant from the breast itself, the cancer is called metastatic cancer.
Am I at risk for breast cancer?
Any woman or man can develop breast cancer, but there are certain factors that increase your risk level. Some things to be aware of include:
- Age above 50
- Personal or family history of breast cancer
- Genetic mutations like BRCA1 and BRCA2
- Being overweight or obese
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain types of hormone replacement therapy
- Dense breast tissue
- Not breastfeeding, initial pregnancy after age 30, or not carrying a child to term
Some of these risk factors are in your control, while others are not. The best way to assess your personal risk is with a thorough diagnostic exam and thorough discussion with your doctor.
What are some treatment options for breast cancer?
There are numerous ways to treat breast cancer. Dr. Taff begins by assessing your current condition and discussing your preferences when it comes to treatment.
Some available options include:
- Surgery to remove cancerous tissue
- Hormonal therapy
- Biological therapy
Dr. Taff explains the pros and cons of various treatment options, giving you the details and support you need to make an informed decision about your care.
As a widely published breast cancer researcher and experienced physician, Dr. Taff has trained with some of the nation’s best breast cancer specialists. She brings this educational expertise and advanced clinical training to her patients in every aspect of their care.
If you or a loved one is navigating through a breast cancer diagnosis, schedule a consultation at Coastal Hematology & Oncology Center to explore your options. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you can always call the office to set up your visit.