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Common Treatments for Breast Cancer

Although there are many different forms, modern medicine has advanced significantly…
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, an estimated 260,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States every year. It is a condition that affect all ages and while some women carry more risk factors, no one is truly safe from breast cancer. Although there are many different forms, modern medicine has advanced significantly, which means there are more varied and successful treatment options than ever before.

When it comes to choosing the right treatment for you, your doctor will need to consider the stage and grade of your cancer, your overall health, and whether or not you have experienced menopause. Once this information has been looked at, the next step is to discuss the treatment options available.

Woman Undergoing Surgery for Breast Cancer

Surgery

There are different types of surgery conducted for breast cancer treatment: (i) Lumpectomy – removal of cancer and surrounding tissue; (ii) Mastectomy – removal of the entire breast(s); (iii) Oophorectomy – removal of the ovaries.

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Woman Undergoing Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is a procedure that is most commonly performed post surgery and is intended to destroy the cancer cells that remain in the body.

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Woman Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment is administered on an individual basis, but commonly consists of injections every two to three weeks over a six-month time frame.

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Woman Undergoing Anti-Hormone Therapy

Anti-Hormone Therapy

Anti-Hormone Therapy is a method used to prevent the body from producing estrogen by blocking receptors and is typically administered via pill form.

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Woman Undergoing Targeted Therapy for Breast Cancer

Targeted Therapy

Targeted Therapy is used to attack cancer cells by by blocking the growth and spread of the cancer. This form of breast cancer treatment is often administered by injection.

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