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Stage I Breast Cancer Treatment in Israel: New Therapies and Advanced Diagnostics

7 Reasons Why Many Women Choose Sheba for Stage I Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer is the world’s most prevalent type of cancer, and in 2020 alone 2.3 million women were diagnosed with the malignancy, which also caused 685,000 deaths globally.

Breasts are made of many different types of tissues, including fatty tissue, glands, ducts, lobes, lobules, and lymph nodes. Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the breast begin to grow and divide uncontrollably and eventually form a tumor. About 80% of all breast cancer cases start in the milk ducts (ductal carcinoma), and about 10% of cases originate in the glands or lobes that produce milk (lobular carcinoma).

Stage I Breast Cancer Treatment in Israel: New Therapies and Advanced Diagnostics

To help determine the prognosis and choose the best course of treatment, breast cancer cases are delineated into stages on a scale of 0 through IV. The stage of the malignancy is determined by the cancer’s characteristics, such as how large it is and whether or not it has hormone receptors:

| Stage 0

describes non-invasive cancers that remain within their original location,

| Stage 1

breast cancer tumors are still relatively small, and either have not spread to the lymph nodes or have only spread into a tiny area in the sentinel lymph node.

| Stage 2

breast cancers are either larger than stage I tumors, have spread to a few nearby lymph nodes, or both.

| Stage 3

tumors are either larger still, have spread into nearby tissues (such as the skin over the breast or the muscle underneath), or have spread to many nearby lymph nodes.

| Stage 4

is an invasive form of malignancy that has spread outside the breast to other parts of the body.

In most cases, when not detected or left untreated, breast cancer becomes invasive and spreads through the lining of the milk ducts into the surrounding breast tissue, which complicates treatment. In contrast, when the malignancy remains local and is detected early, such as cases of stage I breast cancer, the success rate of treatment is exceedingly high.

While about 1 in 8 women worldwide develops breast cancer at one point in their lives, the fatality rates of the disease have been dropping steadily for the past 30 years. The driving force behind this positive trend is precise early screening techniques and innovative treatments.

At Sheba Medical Cancer Center, we make the latest mammography tools available to our patients as part of stage 1 breast cancer treatment, and use state-of-the-art imaging and other diagnostic techniques to find and classify the malignancy before it can spread.

Stage 1 Breast Cancer Treatment

Stage 1 breast cancer treatment can be approached in several different ways, which is why at Sheba Medical Center a multidisciplinary team of doctors collaborates to plan each patient’s comprehensive therapy. Treatment for stage 1 to 3 of breast cancer usually includes surgery and radiation therapy, often with chemotherapy or targeted drug therapies – either before or after surgery.

One new breast cancer treatment available in Israel is focused ultrasound (FUS), a non-invasive method of destroying cancer cells with ultrasound waves that carry no risk of infection and no need for surgical intervention. Focused ultrasound is FDA-approved, but is still only available at very few medical institutions around the world. Since FUS is guided by MRI, which doesn’t involve radiation (unlike CT scans and X-rays), patients are at a significantly reduced risk for complications and side effects.

Anna’s Battle with Breast Cancer

Anna lost both her mother and grandmother to breast cancer. Knowing that she carried the BRCA1 gene, which indicates an increased risk for breast cancer, she was careful to get regular check-ups. It was in September 2020 that Anna received the news she feared – a breast cancer diagnosis. Anna was determined to act immediately, and soon arrived at Sheba Medical Center for treatment.
According to Anna:

“I was very nervous before my first chemotherapy session. Even though I knew that not much could go wrong and that the treatment will help my condition, I was still scared. What if there are strong side effects? What if I feel bad? What if it doesn’t help?
Fortunately, I was surrounded by kind people who understood my fears and supported me along the way.”

After undergoing several chemotherapy sessions and one surgery, Anna was finally released from the hospital to continue with her life and raise her young son.

For her full story, click here.

Reasons to Pursue Stage I Breast Cancer Treatment in Israel

Sheba Medical Center, one of the 10 best hospitals in the world according to Newsweek magazine, is a comprehensive medical facility dedicated to providing patients from around the world with cutting-edge, compassionate care. Following are just a few of the many reasons to choose Sheba for treatment:

The advantages of receiving breast cancer treatment at Sheba Medical Center include:

  • Sheba sees over 4,000 breast cancer patients yearly and performed approximately 12,000 mammograms, 51,000 ultrasounds, 3,200 MRIs, and 2,500 biopsies to date: providing its physicians with vast professional experience.
  • As a government institution, we have no hidden costs, and our fees are transparent. Although we offer advanced treatments available only in select medical institutions around the world, our prices are affordable.
  • Sheba treats each patient as a unique individual, personalizing every therapy program.
  • Sheba’s 360-degree care approach to every patient means that Sheba’s professionals will assist you with arranging medical record reviews, travel, visas, accommodations, and language interpretation as needed.
  • Sheba has full accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI), the premier international healthcare accrediting group.
  • Sheba has both advanced treatment and laboratory facilities. At Sheba, patients receive every aspect of their treatment in a single facility.
  • Our physicians are actively involved in the latest research and application of progressive treatments.

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