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What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both breasts. They can invade nearby tissues and form a mass, called a malignant tumor. The cancer cells can spread (metastasize) to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.

Breast cancer that begins in the ducts of the breast is called ductal carcinoma. It is the most common type of breast cancer. This topic focuses on breast cancer that begins in the ducts.

Breast cancer is many women's worst fear. But experts have made great progress in treating cancer. If it is found early, breast cancer can often be successfully treated, and it is not always necessary to remove the breast.

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  • Breast Health

    Breast cancer is many women's worst fear. But experts have made great progress in treating cancer and Hartford HealthCare is a field leader in breast health.

  • Clinical Research

    The nurses and clinical research associates of our Clinical Research Office are matched one-on-one with patients as Clinical Trial Navigators. Your Clinical Trial Navigator is part of a multidisciplinary care team finding and delivering the best care for your illness.

  • Support Services

    There are many different services available that offer support and information for people with breast cancer. Visit our Support Services page to see what help is available to you.

  • Online Resources

    Access to a multitude of breast and oncology resources to help you when you need it.

  • Genetic Counseling & Testing Program

    Hartford HealthCare’s Cancer Genetics Program provides genetic counseling and testing to help identify individuals at risk of certain hereditary cancers and support them to make choices about possible treatment.

  • Digital Mobile Mammography

    Through Hartford Hospital’s digital mobile mammography program, called Take the Time, women who live in the Greater Hartford area have improved access to breast cancer screenings.