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Treatment

 
Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Treatment Introduction
In recent years, due to earlier detection and more effective treatments, many women diagnosed with breast cancer overcome the disease and go on to live healthy lives.

Treatment Options Recommended By Your Health Care Provider
It’s important to understand the different types of treatment options available to you, because you are an integral part of your decision-making team. Your medical team will advocate certain treatments, but they will also seek your input.

They will recommend a plan based on:
- Stage of cancer and whether or not it has spread
- Type of cancer, and status of the estrogen, progesterone, or HER2/neu receptors found in the cancer cells
- Your age, health, and menstrual/menopausal stage
- And whether or not this is your first cancer treatment

In general, there are five treatment options, and most treatment plans include a combination of the following:
1) Surgery
2) Radiation
3) Hormone Therapy
4) Chemotherapy
5) Targeted Therapies

Some are local, targeting just the area around the tumor with surgery or radiation. Others are systemic, targeting your whole body with cancer-fighting agents such as chemotherapy.

Most women receive a combination of treatments, but each case is unique, and your medical team will work to find the most effective treatment for you.

Getting A Second Opinion
Even so, you may find yourself second-guessing their recommendations or suggested treatment plan. If you’re hesitant for any reason, you should get the opinion of another doctor before beginning treatment. Your doctor will not mind if you want a second opinion; some insurance plans even require it.

Again, don’t hesitate to ask your medical team questions. When it comes to getting a second opinion, you are your own best advocate.

Related Questions

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    What am I to expect concerning sex with my husband during treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I feel your frustration been there talk to your gyn as there are options a progesterone IUD, Withdrawal method, and others.

      Comment
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I am post menopausal so birth control wasn't issue. Some days I felt like it sometimes I didn't. My husband knew what kind of fight WE were in and he took cues from me. Sometimes I surprised him because I knew the fight WE were in. Don't forget to be normal sometimes or there won't be anything...

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      I am post menopausal so birth control wasn't issue. Some days I felt like it sometimes I didn't. My husband knew what kind of fight WE were in and he took cues from me. Sometimes I surprised him because I knew the fight WE were in. Don't forget to be normal sometimes or there won't be anything left when the fight is done.

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    Stage 1 Invasive ductal carcinoma triple + anyone else got this

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Triple positive or triple negative? Sorry I didn't see the +sign before I wrote but don't think it was there or I wouldn't have asked.

      5 comments
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mine was stage three.

      1 comment
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    What are the side effects of avastin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years Answer
  • Susan Green Profile

    I would like to know chances of survival after "simple"mastectomy without chemo or radiation therapy

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Susan, I agree with Anne Marie. Treatment is based on so many factors. Chemo is not always needed. Nor is radiation. Learn all you can about your type of cancer. ER/PR , HER2 status, cancer stage, any lymph node involvement, etc. Knowledge is power. And don't hesitate to get a second opinion....

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      Hi Susan, I agree with Anne Marie. Treatment is based on so many factors. Chemo is not always needed. Nor is radiation. Learn all you can about your type of cancer. ER/PR , HER2 status, cancer stage, any lymph node involvement, etc. Knowledge is power. And don't hesitate to get a second opinion. As a matter of fact, i would encourage it. You don't want to go overboard on unneeded treatment, but at the same time you want to do what's needed to be cancer free and reduce the chance of your cancer returning in the future. Thats the ultimate goal. Don't allow fear to cloud your decision. One way or another. No one wants to go through chemo or radiation. It's scary. Especially not knowing how your body is going to react. I was terrified at the thought of going through chemo. But it was doable & I'd do it again. I had a late stage cancer though. I don't know what stage you are. You'll be in my thoughts & prayers Susan & I'm sure you'll make the right decision for you. God bless you in your journey.

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      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Susan, I agree with Anne Marie. Treatment is based on so many factors. Chemo is not always needed. Nor is radiation. Learn all you can about your type of cancer. ER/PR , HER2 status, cancer stage, any lymph node involvement, etc. Knowledge is power. And don't hesitate to get a second opinion....

      more

      Hi Susan, I agree with Anne Marie. Treatment is based on so many factors. Chemo is not always needed. Nor is radiation. Learn all you can about your type of cancer. ER/PR , HER2 status, cancer stage, any lymph node involvement, etc. Knowledge is power. And don't hesitate to get a second opinion. As a matter of fact, i would encourage it. You don't want to go overboard on unneeded treatment, but at the same time you want to do what's needed to be cancer free and reduce the chance of your cancer returning in the future. Thats the ultimate goal. Don't allow fear to cloud your decision. One way or another. No one wants to go through chemo or radiation. It's scary. Especially not knowing how your body is going to react. I was terrified at the thought of going through chemo. But it was doable & I'd do it again. I had a late stage cancer though. I don't know what stage you are. You'll be in my thoughts & prayers Susan & I'm sure you'll make the right decision for you. God bless you in your journey.

      1 comment

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