In-depth

Alternative medicine

Tai chi

With gentle movements and focused breathing, tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety. See if it's right for you.

Coping and support

Palliative care

If you or a loved one has a serious illness, palliative care might be an option. Understand the benefits of palliative care.

Support groups

Facing a major life change or a serious illness? Don't go it alone. A support group can connect you with others in the same boat.

Prevention

Breast cancer chemoprevention

If your breast cancer risk is high, preventive medication — known as chemoprevention — can improve your odds of staying well.

Breast cancer prevention

Breast cancer is a health risk every woman faces. Take steps now to protect your breast health.

Genetic testing for breast cancer: Psychological and social impact

If you're considering genetic testing to determine your risk of breast or ovarian cancer, be prepared for how the test results might affect you.

Prophylactic mastectomy

The decision to have prophylactic mastectomy is never taken lightly. If you're at high risk of breast cancer, though, this surgery may help protect you.

Prophylactic mastectomy

The decision to have prophylactic mastectomy is never taken lightly. If you're at high risk of breast cancer, though, this surgery may help protect you.

Prophylactic oophorectomy: Preventing cancer by surgically removing your ovaries

Find out what to consider and what to ask your doctor when deciding whether to undergo surgery to prevent ovarian and breast cancers.

Symptoms

Evaluating breast lumps

If you find a breast lump, consult your doctor. While most breast lumps aren't cancerous, evaluation is still important.

Tests and diagnosis

Biopsy procedures

Learn about the most common biopsy procedures and how they're used to diagnose cancer.

Bone scan

Bone scans can help detect bone disorders and hidden fractures.

Breast cancer staging

Even advanced breast cancer can often be arrested. Classifying your breast cancer by stage helps identify the best way to reach that goal.

Breast cancer types

Not all breast cancers are the same. Understand what type of breast cancer you have and how it differs from other types of breast cancer.

Breast exam

Learn the benefits and limitations of breast exams, which can help increase your breast familiarity. Greater awareness may help you catch potentially dangerous changes.

Chest X-rays

Even with today's high-tech medical devices, the basic chest X-ray remains an important tool in diagnosing various conditions. Here's a look at how it works.

Complete blood count

A complete blood count can be used to evaluate your overall health, detect a wide range of disorders, or monitor a medical condition or treatment.

CT scan

A CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.

Mammogram

Mammography can lead to detection of breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage.

MRI

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.

Positron emission tomography (PET) scan

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that can detect changes within certain tissues or organs early, often before disease progresses.

Sentinel node biopsy

Sentinel node biopsy is a procedure used to determine if cancer has spread to your lymph nodes.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of structures in your body.

X-ray

X-rays are a form of radiation that can make images of your bones and internal organs.

Treatments and drugs

Chemotherapy

Find out what to expect as you prepare for chemotherapy treatment.

Lumpectomy

Lumpectomy, surgery to remove a breast tumor, is a treatment option for some early-stage breast cancers.

Mastectomy

Mastectomy — surgical removal of all breast tissue in one or both breasts — is an effective treatment for many types of breast cancer.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is a common means of treating many types of cancer. Find out what to expect during your radiation therapy treatment.

May. 22, 2013