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What is the treatment for breast cancer?

Treatment for breast cancer is individualized and is based upon many factors. A woman's health-care team will help her make the choice that is best for her. In general, treatment decisions typically depend upon many factors, including the following:

  • The type of cancer that is present
  • The stage of the tumor (the extent of spread at the time of diagnosis)
  • Whether or not the tumor expresses ER, PR, and/or HER2
  • A woman's age (whether or not she has had menopause) and overall health
  • A woman's preferences
  • The results of specialized testing performed on the tumor, such as gene expression analysis

Treatment may include a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. A woman may also elect to participate in a clinical trial or newer treatments.

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Comment from: BJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I had mastectomy of the left breast and 18 lymph nodes removed (16 positive). I had chemotherapy and radiation and I am currently on Arimidex.

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Comment from: sherl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I"m a 2 times breast cancer patient. I was in remission for 15 years. In 2009 I had a radical mastectomy. Fifteen lymph nodes were removed and reconstructive surgery done, and 8 rounds of chemotherapy. The chemotherapy saved my life. I was diagnosed with carcinoma from a needle biopsy. Having early intervention and early treatment can save lives.

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