Surgery Many women with breast cancer will require surgery. The following are the basic treatment modalities used in the treatment of breast cancer.
Broadly, the surgical therapies for breast cancer can be divided into breast-conserving surgery and mastectomy. As a patient or the loved one of a patient, there may be an inclination to try everything and leave no option unexplored.
External beam radiation This is the usual way radiation therapy is given for breast cancer. Although there seems to be no advantage to long-term survival whether the therapy is given before or after surgery, there are advantages to see if the cancer responds to the therapy and by shrinking the cancer before surgical removal.
Preventive surgery For a small group of patients who have a very high risk of breast cancer, surgery to remove the breasts may be an option. Blocking this enzyme may make it less likely to repair cancerous cells, leading to a slowdown or even stoppage of tumor growth.
Estrogen a hormone produced by the ovaries promotes the growth of a few breast cancers, specifically those containing receptors for estrogen ER positive or progesterone PR positive. The extent of the treatment is determined by a health care team and is based on the surgical procedure performed and whether lymph nodes were affected or not.
Most treatments are adjusted specifically to the type of cancer and the staging group. If the cancer has metastasized to distant sites in the body, chemotherapy can be used for treatment.
Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is treatment of cancers with medications that travel through the bloodstream to the cancer cells. Hormone therapy This therapy is often used to help reduce the risk of cancer reoccurrence after surgery, but it can also be used as adjunct treatment. They tend to have fewer side effects than chemotherapy as they target only the cancer cells but usually are still used in adjunct with chemotherapy.
Although this reduces the risk significantly, a small chance of developing cancer remains. Treatment options should be discussed with a health care team.
Depending on the stage of the cancer, a health care team might give someone a choice between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. Treatment options are being adjusted frequently and your health care provider will have the information on the current standard of care available.
Chemotherapy can have different indications and may be performed in different settings as follows: Instead of a beam from the outside delivering the radiation, these seeds are implanted into the breast next to the cancer.
Usually, these drugs are given in cycles with certain treatment intervals followed by a rest period. Radiation therapy Radiation therapy destroys cancer cells with high energy rays. Two other PARP inhibitors are approved for treating ovarian cancer but do not currently have approval in breast cancer rucaparib [Rubraca], niraparib [Zejula].
If lumpectomy is indicated, long-term follow-up shows no advantage of a mastectomy over the lumpectomy. Breast-conserving surgery This surgery will only remove part of the breast sometimes referred to as partial mastectomy. Targeted therapy As we are learning more about gene changes and their involvement in causing cancer, drugs are being developed that specifically target the cancer cells.
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