Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, excluding cancers of the skin. While it usually affects women, in rare cases men can also get breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, each year in the United States, an estimated 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur and an estimated 40,000 women will die from breast cancer. The death rate for women with breast cancer has declined recently, which is probably the result of earlier detection and improved treatment.

Diagnosis

The earlier that breast cancer is found, the better the chances for successful treatment.
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Treatment

Treatment can be tailored specifically to the patient, depending upon the location and extent of cancer.
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Follow-up

The information from the PET/CT scan allows physicians to monitor the effectiveness of cancer therapies.
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PET/CT Utilization and Case Studies

PET/CT is a noninvasive test that physicians utilize to stage the entire body for the presence or absence of active tumor, localize the tumor, assess the tumor response to treatment and detect recurrence in treated lesions.
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Source: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2011. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2011