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Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Certain factors affect breast cancer recovery and treatment options:

  • The stage of the cancer (whether it is in the breast only or has spread to lymph nodes or other places in the body)
  • The type of breast cancer
  • Estrogen-receptor and progesterone-receptor levels in the tumor tissue
  • A woman’s age, general health, and menopausal status (whether a woman is still having menstrual periods)
  • Whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has recurred (come back)

Treating breast cancer requires a partnership between you and your physicians

You will decide together on the most effective plan for you based on your needs. That plan often includes a multi-pronged attack that combines different treatments like:

  • Lumpectomy - Removal of the lump and some surrounding tissue
  • Mastectomy - Removal of the breast
  • Radiation and chemotherapy - Targeted radiation and chemical treatments
  • Reconstructive surgery - Rebuilding of the breast

Some patients also ask for help in living a healthier lifestyle. A proper diet, regular exercise and attention to mental health are all part of the healing process. If diagnosed with breast cancer, ask your physician or Patient Navigator about these subjects when the time is right for you.

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