Treatment of Breast Cancer

Treatment options for breast cancer are dependent on many different factors. You and your doctor need to consider the type of breast cancer, the stage, and the aggressiveness of the disease. A variety of options are available including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and endocrine therapy. Each patient’s disease is unique and therefore, medical management should be personalized for each patient. Below is an explanation of treatment options that your doctor may recommend.

STAGE 0

Survival Rate

Abnormal cells in lining of the ducts or sections of the breast. Results in increased risk of developing cancer in both breasts.

STAGE 1

Survival Rate

Cancer in the breast tissue tumor less than 1 inch across.

STAGE 2

Survival Rate

Abnormal cells in lining of the ducts or sections of the breast. Results in increased risk of developing cancer in both breasts.

STAGE 3

Survival Rate

Tumor is larger than 2 inches across with extensive spread to auxiliary or nearby lymph nodes. Possible dimpling, inflammation or change of skin color.

STAGE 4

Survival Rate

Spread of cancer beyond the immediate region of the breast.

Type of Treatments

The tumor is removed with a rim of normal breast tissue. Postoperative appearance depends on the amount of tissue removed, but there will be a small scar and often an indentation in the breast.

Axillary lymph node dissection

Person with Cancer Seeking Treatment

Blood Test Performed and Sent to Laboratory

Analysis and identification of patient’s genetic makeup

Identification of patients that will benefit from treatment

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