Breast Cancer Treatment
Types of Breast Cancer TreatmentWomen with breast cancer have many treatment options available to them. These breast cancer treatment options 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 breast cancer treatment, and the choice of treatment depends mainly on the stage of breast cancer. 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 choices and the expected results. You might want to know how breast cancer treatment may change your normal activities. You may want to know how you will look during and after treatment. It's important to ask all the questions you can think of. You and your doctor can work together to develop a breast cancer treatment plan that reflects your medical needs and personal values.
Click Breast Cancer Treatment by Stage for more information on specific treatments for each stage of breast cancer.