Whether you're concerned about breast cancer risks, have discovered a lump in your breast or have been diagnosed with breast cancer, one thing is certain—you have every reason for hope.
Knowledge is Your Best Defense
Welcome to the SenoRx Patient Education Website, one of the most up-to-date Internet resources on breast cancer. Its overriding purpose is to help people make more informed choices about breast health and breast cancer.
We're guessing you're here because you're feeling worried or concerned. Maybe you'd like to know how to reduce your risk of contracting breast cancer to begin with. Perhaps you've felt a lump in your breast, or one was revealed in a mammogram. Or perhaps you're even reading because you've been diagnosed with breast cancer. Whatever the reason, one thing is totally certain.
You Have Every Reason for Optimism
If a lump has been detected in your breast, there's no need to panic. Statistics are on your side. The fact is, 90% of breast lumps and calcium deposits detected in mammograms turn out to be benign (noncancerous).
If you've already been diagnosed with breast cancer, fear and even shock are natural responses. But as you'll learn in this Website, you still have good cause to stay positive.
Above all, rest assured that your best next step is to arm yourself with knowledge. When it comes to breast cancer, learning is power. Soon you'll discover there are many prevention, diagnostic, surgical and treatment options. In consultation with your medical team, family and friends, you owe it to yourself to make the most informed choices possible.
How to Use this Website
This site has been designed as a guide to help you understand the critical facts and choices regarding breast cancer. As a driving force in the search for a breast cancer cure, SenoRx is uniquely equipped to provide the latest information. We've assembled this material in an objective manner, deriving it from leading cancer organizations and resources around the world.
Don't try to read through this whole patient section all at once. There's simply too much too digest, especially if you're feeling emotional. What's more, there's no hurry. Breast cancer is rarely an emergency condition, as you'll soon learn. Read one section at a time and then come back later when your mind is fresh.
Please Note: This Website is not a substitute for the advice of your doctor, but rather it's here to support your understanding. We make every effort to provide the most accurate, up-to-date material available. But new findings in breast cancer research emerge daily. Always consult your health care practitioner for the most up-to-date information and recommendations.
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PRESCRIPTIVE INFORMATION: Prior to use please see the complete "Directions for Use" for more information on Indications, Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, Adverse Events and Operator's Instructions.
INTENDED USE: The EnCor® Biopsy Probe and Driver are indicated to acquire tissue for diagnostic sampling of breast abnormalities. The instrument is intended to provide breast tissue for histologic examination with partial or complete removal of the imaged abnormality. The extent of histologic abnormality cannot be reliably determined from its mammographic appearance. Therefore the extent of removal of the imaged evidence of an abnormality does not predict the extent of removal of a histologic abnormality, e.g., malignancy. When the sampled abnormality is not histologically benign, it is essential that the tissue margins be examined for completeness of removal using standard surgical procedures.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: This device is not intended for use except as indicated. In addition, it is not intended for use under conditions where breast tissue excision is contraindicated.
WARNINGS: Care must be taken when positioning the device trocar tip near the chest wall or skin margin.
PRECAUTIONS: · A scalpel should be used to incise the skin prior to inserting the trocar tip · The EnCor Probe is provided sterile and is intended for single use only. Do not re-sterilize. · The EnCor driver is reusable and is supplied non-sterile. Do not autoclave or immerse in liquid.
COMPLICATIONS: Complications that may be associated with the use of the EnCor® Biopsy Device and Driver are the same as those associated with the use of other biopsy devices. These may include injury to the skin, blood vessels, muscles, organs, bleeding, hematoma and infection.