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Breast Cancer Treatment Overview

Northwestern Medicine is on the forefront of better breast cancer care. While treatment options vary based on your personal health history and your cancer type, size, state and location, you can be assured that your treatment plan will be tailored to your personal needs. Likely, you will receive a combination of different therapies to help increase effectiveness.

Factors that will influence your breast cancer treatment plan include:

  • Your overall health
  • The extent of your cancer
  • Your tolerance for various therapies
  • Your personal preferences.

Treatments may be targeted to your tumor, such as surgery and radiation therapy, or systemic, like chemotherapy, which relies on your bloodstream to deliver treatment to all areas where cancer cells may be.

Treatment Resources

What Is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer begins when normal cells in the breast begin to change and grow uncontrollably, forming a mass called a tumor.

Surgery for Breast Cancer

Whether you need a lumpectomy to remove a tumor, or a double mastectomy to remove both affected breasts, our board-certified surgeons will deliver compassionate and personalized care.

Chemotherapy and Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy and hormone therapy attack cancer cells throughout the entire body.

Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

Radiation therapy targets cancer cells directly.

Integrative Medicine for Breast Cancer

Many people undergoing breast cancer treatment find that they feel better by focusing on improving their overall health through integrative medicine.

Palliative Medicine for Breast Cancer

Palliative Care Services focus on helping improve quality of life for you and your family when you face a serious illness like breast cancer.

Better Treatment Near You

Battling cancer is a multistep journey that may require many visits. During treatment, you need to devote your energy to getting healthy — not getting to your next appointment. High-tech treatment and support services at Northwestern Medicine are conveniently located throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, so you can get quick access to the expertise you need, close to home.

All of our major cancer centers in the Chicagoland area are home to cancer treatment programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), which means that these cancer programs are committed to providing high-quality, patient-centered care.

Behind these designations is a deep and enduring commitment to breast health. Talented, experienced caregivers will guide you with knowledge, compassion, respect and education to help you make the best decisions about your own care.

Locations

Northwestern Medicine Cancer Care Network

Our multidisciplinary team works in collaboration together across the entire Chicagoland area.

Breast Cancer Second Opinions

If you’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer at another institution and are uncertain about your treatment options, Northwestern Medicine offers a second opinion with a qualified specialist.

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

Through controlled research studies, known as clinical trials, you have access to advanced therapies and treatments for breast cancer at Northwestern Medicine.