NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Breast Cancer - Early-Stage
(STAGES I AND II)
, Version 1.2016
The state of having regular menstrual periods.
A hormone in women that is involved in sexual development,
periods, and pregnancy.
The time when teens sexually develop.
The use of high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells.
A protein within cells to which substances can attach.
The return of cancer after a cancer-free period.
sentinel lymph node
The first lymph node to which cancer cells spread after
leaving the breast tumor.
sentinel lymph node biopsy
Surgery to remove the first lymph node(s) to which cancer
cells spread after leaving the breast tumor. Also called
sentinel lymph node dissection.
An unplanned physical or emotional response to treatment.
A surgery that removes all breast tissue but saves as much
breast skin as possible.
Supportive tissue in the breast.
Treatment for the symptoms or health conditions cause by
cancer or cancer treatment.
The area right above the collarbone.
The normal tissue around the edge of a tumor that is
removed during surgery.
Surgery that removes the entire breast but no chest muscles.
Also called simple mastectomy.
tubular breast cancer
Cancer that has cells that look like tubes.
Use of sound waves to make pictures of the insides of the
The shifting of breast tissue.
whole breast radiation
Treatment of the entire breast with radiation from a machine
outside the body.