Treating Breast Cancer

Specially speaking of breast cancer patients with the advancement of treatment options, new technologies, cancer care centers and cancer specialists survival rates have grown drastically. Once a patient is detected with breast cancer there are several treatment options available now a days.

Breast Cancer Treatment

The main goal of treating breast cancer is to prevent occurrence of breast cancer and total removal of cancer cells and tissues. Treatment includes combination of –

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Targeted therapy

Surgery – Lumpectomy and Mastectomy

Lumpectomy also called as conservation breast surgery is partial removal of infected part or lump or cancerous cells.

Mastectomy means total removal of breast.

Treatment plan with either Lumpectomy and Mastectomy is decided by the treating specialist and is case to case basis.

Radiation Therapy

Most of the patient who have lumpectomy will undergo radiation therapy. Also know as radiotherapy typically uses targeted, high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells.

Chemotherapy

After breast surgery, chemotherapy is given but before radiotherapy. This helps in getting rid of remaining cancerous cells and thus prevents re occurrence of breast cancer. For those with metastatic breast cancer, chemotherapy is used to kill cancer cells that have spread from the breast to other parts of the body. Chemotherapy usually lasts 3-6 months.

Targeted Therapy

These are drugs specially designed to attack certain kinds of molecular agents. These vary from patient to patient.

 

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