Breast Cancer Types
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting women. The use of natural therapies can be a helpful step in overcoming and surviving a breast cancer diagnosis.
The most important thing to understand while undergoing treatment for the different breast cancer types is that no two breast tumors are alike; they can be influenced by hormones, environmental exposures, genetic mutations, and different cancer growth factors. Our naturopathic physicians understand your pathology reports, the uniqueness of your tumor type, and how best to apply natural therapies to help reduce the growth of your breast cancer.
The differences in the breast cancer types can be defined by looking at hormone receptors, growth factor receptors, location, size, and spread of the tumor.
- Hormone Receptors: Estrogen (ER), Progesterone (PR)
- Growth Factor Receptors: Her-2 Neu
- Location: Duct, Lobule, Beyond the Duct, Lymphnode
- Size: 0.5 cm – 1.0 cm, 1.0 – 2.0 cm, 2.0 cm and larger
- Spread: No spreading, Sentinel Lymph Node, Axillary Lymph Node, Liver, Brain, Bones
Hormones and Breast Cancer
Hormones do not influence some breast tumors at all (triple negative or estrogen receptor negative breast cancers), while others are highly influenced by estrogen and progesterone. It is important to work with someone who understands how to track hormones, uses natural therapies to reduce estrogen production, and addresses non-hormonally influenced breast cancer types.
Environmental Exposures and Breast Cancer
Several chemicals and heavy metals have been linked to the growth of breast cancer cells. They can include pthalates, Bisphenol A, cadmium, and much more. After the physicians review your health and exposure history, testing to assess these environmental toxins may be rec