Treatments

Breast Cancer Treatments

Breast cancer treatment will depend on your overall health, the extent of the disease and your tolerance for various therapies. While breast cancer is a common form of cancer, its detection and treatment have advanced significantly in recent years, leading to increased survival rates.

Surgery

The primary treatment for breast cancer is surgical removal of the affected cells. Our board-certified surgeons work side-by-side with you to deliver the most compassionate and personalized care. Depending on the type of treatment required, you may also consider minimally invasive surgery.

Radiation therapy

Your physician may recommend radiation therapy after surgery to help kill microscopic cancer cells that remain after surgery. External radiation therapy sends high levels of radiation directly to the tissues that may contain cancer cells. Most patients are able to complete breast radiation in three to four weeks.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

IMRT is a high-precision radiotherapy that uses computer-controlled linear accelerators to deliver precise radiation doses to a malignant tumor.

Proton therapy

Proton therapy is targeted radiation for less risk of damage to surrounding tissue.

High-dose rate brachytherapy

Form of internal radiation, high-dose brachytherapy uses a catheter inserted into the breast to allow a small radioactive seed to travel directly to the surgical area for a more focused form of radiation.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy interferes with the cancer cell's ability to reproduce.

Hormone therapy

Your physician may test the tumor cells with a hormone receptor test to determine if the hormones in your body are causing your cancer cells to grow. If so, hormone therapy can help prevent the growth, spread and recurrence of breast cancer.

Palliative medicine

Palliative medicine specialists work with patients to: Palliative Care Services

  • Treat pain and other physical symptoms of cancer, such as fatigue, nausea, trouble sleeping, poor appetite, breathing difficulties and weight loss
  • Treat emotional symptoms, such as depression and anxiety
  • Improve your body’s ability to tolerate cancer treatments
  • Help you better understand tests, procedures, and options
  • Guide you and those who care for you to helpful outside resources
  • From your initial diagnosis throughout your care, the palliative medicine team can help you remain stronger in your fight against cancer and feel better, every step of the way.

Treatments

While breast cancer is a common form of cancer, its detection and treatment have advanced significantly in recent years, leading to increased survival rates.

Related Resources

Breast Cancer Treatment Guide