With early detection and treatment, breast cancer survival rates are very good. Individual prognosis depends on the type of cancer, its level (stage) of development when detected and the treatments prescribed.

The two most common types of breast cancer are ductal carcinoma—where tumors form in the cells of the milk ducts—and lobular carcinoma, which occurs in the milk-producing glands or lobules. Both types may be noninvasive or invasive (capable of spreading). The most typical form of breast cancer is noninvasive ductal carcinoma (DCIS).

While generally associated with women, breast cancer can also occur in men. Less common subtypes of breast cancer include inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) and triple-negative breast cancer. Breast cancer can return over time and may affect other sites in the body besides breast tissue.

Your Best Choice for Breast Cancer Care in the Seacoast

Although we hear a lot about the disease, a diagnosis of breast cancer can be stressful and confusing. At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, you can trust us to stay with you throughout your journey. You benefit from our comprehensive cancer care program, including teams of diverse medical specialists, highly trained surgeons and important support services to help you make the best choices for your cancer care. We create a personalized plan for your treatment and follow-up tailored to your specific situation.

You'll also appreciate our full-time breast care nurse navigator, who guides you every step of the way. For more information about nurse navigation or to make an appointment, call 603.433.6988.

Full Spectrum Diagnosis and Treatment Close to Home

You benefit from our digital mammography technology—accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)—for detailed breast imaging and diagnostic breast biopsy options, which deliver quick results that enable us to deliver the prompt and customized care you need. In addition, you can take advantage of our full treatment spectrum—including chemotherapy/infusion, access to radiation therapy, and cancer surgery and breast reconstruction—delivered and monitored close to home.

Explore the wide range of tests and imaging procedures, surgical services and women's care services at Portsmouth Regional Hospital that expand your options for comprehensive breast health right where you live.

Learn more about breast cancer and review the extensive Cancer Center in our online Health Library.

Rehabilitation & Recovery

Support your recovery and regain function during and after cancer treatment by taking advantage of the extensive outpatient rehabilitation services available to you through Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Participate in a variety of breast cancer support groups, such as Look Good...Feel Better® and more. Your overall recuperation, return to daily activities and outlook on life can also benefit from our services for palliative care, pain management, behavioral health and integrative care.