Breast Cancer Information
Information on Breast Cancer TreatmentWomen with breast cancer have many treatment options available to them. These breast cancer treatments include:
- Surgery (see Breast Cancer Surgery)
- Radiation therapy (see Breast Cancer Radiation)
- Chemotherapy (see Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer)
- Hormone therapy (see Breast Cancer Hormone Treatment)
- Biological therapy (see Biological Therapy for Breast Cancer).
Many women receive more than one type of treatment for breast cancer, and the choice of breast cancer treatment depends mainly on the stage of breast cancer (see Breast Cancer Treatment by Stage).
Some of these treatments are considered primary, where the purpose is to remove the tumor. Others are considered adjuvant therapy, which is treatment given to kill any tumor cells that may have spread and increase the chances for a breast cancer cure (see Adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer).
Your doctor can describe your breast cancer treatment choices and the expected results. Then you and your doctor can work together to develop a breast cancer treatment plan that reflects your medical needs and personal values.
Prognosis InformationMost women who are treated for early breast cancer go on to live healthy, active lives. You may have more choices of breast cancer treatment if your breast cancer is found early.
Breast cancer treatments have changed over time. Today, many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have to lose a breast. Because there are improved ways to treat breast cancer, it is more important than ever for you to learn all you can. Working with your team of medical specialists, you can play a key role in choosing the treatment that is best for you.