Breast Cancer


The Breast Cancer Diagnosis Information Page is a collaborative project of NeedyMeds and the American Breast Cancer Foundation. It is intended to provide information on breast cancer and to help those with breast cancer find assistance paying for their medications, screenings, and treatment.

When a malignant tumor has started from the cells and tissues of the breast, it is called breast cancer. Breast cancers which start in the cells that line the ducts are called ductal cancers. The majority of breast cancers are ductal cancers. Those breast cancers which start in the lobules are called lobular cancers, and other breast cancers start in the stroma. Once cancer cells have reached the lymph nodes, there is an increased risk that the cancer cells could enter the bloodstream. Cancer cells in the bloodstream can cause cancer to spread or metastasize. However, it should be noted that not all cancers which are found in lymph nodes metastasize and individuals who have no cancer cells in their lymph nodes can still have cancer metastasize later on.

The mission of the American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) is to provide financial assistance for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender. Based in Columbia, Maryland, ABCF is a charitable, nonprofit organization focused on linking clients with facilities and assistance in their local areas. ABCF programs are essential in making a difference in population disparities in breast cancer detection and treatment. Minority, low-income and underserved women are disadvantaged in terms of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survival. ABCF programs aim to reduce these disparities and improve the survival rates of clients served.

This page is for educational purposes only and should not replace medical care. Please consult your healthcare provider.

Medications used in the treatment of Breast Cancer

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This page was last updated on 8/1/2023