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Breast Cancer

According to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, breast cancer is a malignant growth that begins in the tissues of the breast. Over the course of a lifetime, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. When found early, breast cancer is very treatable.

Internet Resources

Provides information on diagnostic tests, treatment options and side effects. Includes a detailed guide to the breast cancer pathology report.

Breast Cancer Network of Strength
Formerly known at Y-Me, this organization provides health information and emotional support to individuals and families living with breast cancer.

Cancer.gov: Breast Cancer
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about screening, treatment, supportive care and clinical trials.

Cancer.net: Breast Cancer
This comprehensive site from ASCO, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, offers excellent information on all types of breast cancer, with unique pages for inflammatory, male, and metaplastic breast cancer in addition to the one linked to here. This is a very good place to begin looking at breast cancer information.

FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)
This organization provides information and support to individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
Offers information resources and discussion boards for women who have been diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer.


  • Gale encyclopedia of cancer. Longe JL, ed. 2010. Available in print in the Health Learning Center or online at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library.
  • Johns Hopkins medicine patients’ guide to breast cancer. Shockney LK. 2010.
  • Living well beyond breast cancer: a survivor’s guide for when treatment ends and the rest of your life begins. 2nd ed. Weiss MC.
  • Positive results: making the best decisions when you’re at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer. Morris JL. 2010.
  • Stand by her: a breast cancer guide for men. Anderson JW. 2010.
  • 100 questions and answers about cancer and fertility. Oktay KH. 2008.
  • After the cure: the untold stories of breast cancer survivors. Abel EK. 2008.
  • Taking care of your “girls.” a breast health guide for girls, teens and in-betweens. Weiss MC. 2008
  • Breast Cancer Clear and Simple: All Your Questions Answered. American Cancer Society. 2008.
  • I Am Not My Breast Cancer: Women Talk Openly. . . Peltason RA. 2008.
  • The Breast Cancer Survivor’s Fitness Plan: Reclaim Health, Regain Strength, Live Longer. Kaelin C. 2007.
  • When a Parent has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children. Harpham WS. 2004 (paperback). (Also includes a special book for children, Becky and the Worry Cup.)

Search our collection for many more resources concerning breast cancer.

Journal Articles

  • “Freezing out cancer. Cryoablation could be a potential new treatment for a wider variety of cancers.” Duke Medicine Health News. 16(6):3. June 2010.
  • “Heart health after breast cancer.” Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health after 50. 21(10):1–2. December 2009.
  • “Weight lifting eases lymphedema symptoms in breast cancer survivors.” Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 17(3):5. November 2009.
  • “Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). A highly treatable breast cancer.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 13(10):1–2. October 2009.
  • “Oncoplastic breast surgery: past, present, and future directions in the United States.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 124(3):969-72. (Also see discussion, pp. 973-4.) Losken A, Nahabedia MY. September 2009.
  • “Breast cancer. Advances in diagnosis and treatment.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Supplement 1-8, June 2009.
  • “ACOG Practice Bulletin no. 103: hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome.” Obstetrics and Gynecology. 113(4):957-66. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. April 2009.
  • “Breast reconstruction. Restoring a natural shape after mastectomy.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 13(1):4–5. January 2009.


  • On With Life: Practical Information on Living with Advanced Breast Cancer. 24 min.
  • Scarves: A Fashionable Alternative. 20 min.


Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Alberto Culver Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312-472-3837.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465, or e-mail us at HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateNovember 2, 2012