Our 1-5 year breast cancer survivor rates are among the best in North Carolina (NC) and the American Cancer Society Southern Division. (Source: FHMRH Cancer Registry & ACOS National Cancer Data Base)
Breast Cancer Treatment
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, you have great treatment options available to you right here in North Carolina (NC). FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital offers many breast cancer treatment options including:
- Oral chemotherapy
- Radiation therapy
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy
- Image-guided radiation therapy
- High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy
- Biologic therapy
- Monoclonal antibody therapy
- Clinical trials
Feel confident that the breast cancer care you need can be found in Pinehurst, NC . Our relationship with regional academic centers allows us to facilitate referrals should they be necessary.
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Women with breast cancer may experience breast abnormalities or symptoms, but many women do not show any of these signs or symptoms when diagnosed. Often, breast signs or symptoms can be caused by a medical condition that is not cancer. If you are concerned about a sign or symptom, please talk with your doctor.
The signs and symptoms to look for include:
- New lumps that feel like a hard knot (many women normally have lumpy breasts) or a thickening in the breast or under the arm
- Nipple tenderness, discharge (may occur suddenly, be bloody, or occur in only one breast), or physical changes (such as a nipple turned inward, a persistent sore, or a change in the size or shape of the breast)
- Skin irritation or changes, such as puckers, dimples, scaling, or new creases
- Warm, red, swollen breasts with a rash resembling the skin of an orange (called peau d’orange)
- Pain in the breast (usually not a symptom of breast cancer, but it should be reported to a doctor), particularly breast pain that doesn’t go away
FirstHealth of The Carolinas
Located in the heart of North Carolina, the FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Cancer Program treats patients from the Pinehurst, Raeford, Sanford, Rockingham, Laurinburg, Troy and Lumberton regions of NC and beyond.
At the Comprehensive Cancer Care Center we take a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinating the very best breast cancer treatment options available. We offer state-of-the-art services and equipment in a caring, small town environment.
Breast cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed and treated cancer type at Moore Regional Hospital. Because of our experience with breast cancer treatment, you can rest assured that from your initial diagnosis to the conclusion of treatment, our multidisciplinary team will be there to act as a patient navigator and map out a course of action that supports your choices regarding your personal fight against breast cancer.
Cancer begins when normal cells in the breast change and grow uncontrollably, forming a mass called a tumor. A tumor can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous, meaning it can spread to other parts of the body).
Breast cancer spreads when breast cancer cells move to other parts of the body through the blood vessels and/or lymph vessels. This is called metastasis. Breast cancer most commonly spreads to the regional lymph nodes. The lymph nodes can be axillary (located under the arm), cervical (located in the neck), or supraclavicular (located just above the collarbone). When these cancer cells spread further through the body, they most commonly spread to the bones, lungs, and liver. Less commonly, breast cancer may spread to the brain. The cancer can also recur (come back after treatment) locally in the skin, in the same breast (if it was not removed as part of treatment), other tissues of the chest, or elsewhere in the body.
Women 40 years and older should get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. If you have a family history of breast cancer you may need to start getting mammograms before the age of 40. Don’t wait! Speak with you doctor today about being screened for breast cancer. To schedule your mammogram as a self-requesting patient or with a referral from your physician call toll-free at (866) 415-2778.