Breast Cancer in Men

Treatment for Breast Cancer in Men

Treatment options for breast cancer in men are essentially the same as those for women. The standard types of treatment include:
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Radiation therapy.
(Click Male Breast Cancer Treatment for more information.)

What Is the Prognosis?

Survival for men with breast cancer is similar to that for women when their stage at diagnosis is the same. However, in men, breast cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage. Cancer found at a later stage may be less likely to be cured.
The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following:
  • The stage of the cancer (whether it is in the breast only or has spread to other places in the body)
  • The type of breast cancer
  • Certain characteristics of the cancer cells
  • Whether the cancer is found in the other breast
  • The man's age and general health.

Recurrent Breast Cancer in Men

Recurrent breast cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the breast, in the chest wall, or in other parts of the body.
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