Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering

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When a patient is diagnosed with male breast cancer, our team of physicians helps him to select the treatment plan that best fits his individual needs. The treatment options for male breast cancer have developed along with those for female breast cancer. Today, breast cancer is usually treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or hormonal therapy. Treatment decisions are based on how far the disease has progressed and on the characteristics of the tumor, such as its hormone receptor status.

Learn more about our approach to diagnosis and treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

  • Detection & Diagnosis

    Early detection of male breast cancer improves the chances of a successful treatment. We offer early detection programs, including mammography and breast physical examinations, and can perform a biopsy if cancer is suspected.

  • Characterizing the Tumor

    There are several types of male breast cancer. Characterizing the tumor and determining its stage are important in determining how likely the cancer is to spread and which type of therapy is most appropriate.

  • Surgery

    Learn about our comprehensive approach to surgery for male breast cancer, including mastectomy, breast-conserving options, and sentinel lymph node biopsy.

  • Systemic Therapy

    Treatment for male breast cancer may involve one or a combination of systemic therapies including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, or targeted therapies.

  • Radiation Therapy

    Radiation therapy may be used after mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery to destroy cancer cells that remain in the breast, chest wall, or underarm area.

  • Follow-up Care

    At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors live their lives to the fullest after treatment. We offer comprehensive follow-up care for men who have been treated here as part of our institution-wide Survivorship Initiative.