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Possible treatments for breast cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy. The specific plan your healthcare provider recommends will depend on several factors, such as the type of breast cancer you have, what stage the disease is in, whether it is new or recurring cancer, and your general health.
Many women receive more than one type of breast cancer treatment, and, again, the choice 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 that the disease will go into remission.
(Click Breast Cancer Treatment to learn more about the specific options available, the pros and cons of each, and possible side effects.)
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