There are treatments for all patients with breast cancer.
Treatments, and the range of options available to the patient, are highly dependent on the type and size of her tumor and how far the breast cancer has progressed at the time of diagnosis.
Surgery and radiation therapies are local treatments used to remove, destroy, or control the cancer cells in a specific area.
Chemotherapy and hormonal therapy are systemic treatments. Systemic treatments are used to destroy or control cancer cells anywhere in the body.
The Four Types Of Treatment Used Are:
Surgery: Taking out the cancer in an operation.
Radiation Therapy: Using high-energy x-rays to damage cancer cells and stop them from growing.
Chemotherapy: The use of drugs designed to travel throughout your body and slow the growth of cancer cells or kill them. The drugs are injected into the bloodstream through an intravenous (IV) needle that is inserted into a vein.
Hormonal Therapy: Taken daily in pill form, it is used to keep cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow.