NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Breast Cancer – Locally Advanced (STAGE III)
A gland in the breast that makes breast milk.
A controlled loss of feeling in a small area of the body from
Surgery to remove a breast lump and some normal tissue
luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH)
A hormone in the brain that helps control the making of
estrogen by the ovaries.
A clear fluid containing white blood cells.
Small groups of special disease-fighting cells located
throughout the body.
Swelling of the body due to a buildup of lymph.
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
A test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to make
pictures of the insides of the body.
A picture of the insides of the breast that is made by an
Surgery to remove the whole breast.
All health events and medications taken to date.
The point in time when menstrual periods end.
An abnormal change in the instructions within cells for
making and controlling cells.
Treatment given before the main treatment used to cure
disease. Also called preoperative treatment.
The rebuilding of a breast nipple.
Methods used to stop the ovaries from making hormones.
Methods used to lower the amount of hormones made by
A rating of the extent of cancer based on tests given after
A doctor who’s an expert in testing cells and tissue to find
The area between the hip bones.
A review of the body by a health expert for signs of disease.
positron emission tomography (PET)
Use of radioactive material to see the shape and function of
The state of the end of menstrual periods.
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.