If you are diagnosed with breast cancer
, your doctor at the Saint Francis Breast Center will determine the best treatment options based on your type and stage of breast cancer
, and whether the cancer cells are sensitive to hormones. Age, menstrual status, underlying health issues and personal preferences play roles in this decision-making process as well.
Types of Breast Cancer Treatments
The two primary goals of treatment are to rid the body of the cancer as completely as possible, and to prevent the cancer from returning. Breast cancer treatment types include:
- Surgery: Most women undergo surgery for breast cancer along with additional treatment, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation. Surgery is performed to remove as much of the cancer as possible, though it can also be done to find out whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm (axillary dissection); to restore the breast's appearance (reconstructive surgery); or to relieve symptoms of advanced cancer.
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. This may be given in many forms, including pill, injection and via a catheter.
- Hormone therapy: Hormone-blocking therapy is often used to treat breast cancers that are sensitive to hormones.
- Radiation: Radiation therapy is the use of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.
- Complementary therapies: Complementary breast cancer therapies are just that - therapies that are complementary to conventional treatment. They are designed to encourage overall well-being in cancer patients by reducing stress, managing symptoms and side effects and diminishing anxiety.
With the various options for breast cancer treatment, you may feel overwhelmed as you make complex decisions. Rest assured that our expert oncologists and support staff are here to offer guidance every step of the way.
Breast Cancer Treatment Options at Saint Francis
For more information about our treatment options, or to schedule a mammogram, please call the Saint Francis Breast Center