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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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    How many treatments of chemo will a woman with Stage 2 have to go through?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It depends on what type of breast cancer, how aggressive, what grade, if there are any positive lymph nodes, etc. There are many things that factor into making a decision like this. This also may be done in conjunction with radiation therapy, and possibly hormone therapy too. There is no way...

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      It depends on what type of breast cancer, how aggressive, what grade, if there are any positive lymph nodes, etc. There are many things that factor into making a decision like this. This also may be done in conjunction with radiation therapy, and possibly hormone therapy too. There is no way to accurately guess this until a lot of cellular tests come back. Take care, Sharon

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Sharon. I was stage 2, the order of my treatment was 4 A/C followed by 4 taxol treatments, then a lumpectomy, and 34 radiation treatments. Because I was hormone positive I am currently taking tamoxifen. It depends though, If you are her2 positive you would need herceptin for a...

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      I agree with Sharon. I was stage 2, the order of my treatment was 4 A/C followed by 4 taxol treatments, then a lumpectomy, and 34 radiation treatments. Because I was hormone positive I am currently taking tamoxifen. It depends though, If you are her2 positive you would need herceptin for a year, and your doc might recommend a mastectomy instead of a lumpectomy. There are many factors. Feel free to ask any other questions, I will gladly answer if I can!

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  • Goma Rai Profile

    Hi...has anyone gone for 4 cycle of FEC chemo n 12 cycle of paclitaxel chemo.M stage 3a IDC

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 3 answers
    • Karen G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Most of us had the ACT treatment. I had 4 Adriamycin and Cytoxin every other week followed by 12 weekly Taxol treatments.

      Comment
    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The FEC taxol protocol is used a lot at MD Anderson and in Canada....

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  • caroline kava Profile

    I had stage two triple negative breast cancer finished chemo are not on any pills is that normall

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If you are triple negative, you would not need tamoxifen or herceptin, as those are for hormone positive and HER2 positive breast cancers respectively. I would ask your oncologist if they reco

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Also triple negative and no drugs after treatment because tumor doesn't respond to them. Cancer free after chemo, lumpectomy, radiation. Finished on jan 27. Best wishes to you. Chemo should kick your tumor in the butt!

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    Two re occurrences? Why does my moms cancer keep coming back????

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Mary Foti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      My mom's came back too. She has has breast cancer twice and now it has returned a third time. Unfortunately there is no way to answer your question. For some women, breast cancer recurs - and for many others it never does. It depends a lot on the stage and type of cancer (hormone receptors,...

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      My mom's came back too. She has has breast cancer twice and now it has returned a third time. Unfortunately there is no way to answer your question. For some women, breast cancer recurs - and for many others it never does. It depends a lot on the stage and type of cancer (hormone receptors, etc.) , but the way the actual cancer cells grow and behave differs in every person. I am sorry for what you and your mom are dealing with. Please know that everyone on this site understands your fear and frustration.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you do much for posting that. It's seems we are doing all we can to keep it from ever coming back then it does and you are at a loss for words. I hope your mom and you are doing just fine and will continue to!

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