Breast Cancer Treatment
Your doctor will refer you to a medical and/or surgical oncologist for treatment. An oncologist is a doctor with special training in cancer and cancer treatments. Treatment for breast cancer depends on many factors, including the stage of the cancer and the cancer cell type. Cancer treatments include local treatment, systemic treatment, adjuvant therapy, and neoadjuvant therapy.
Local treatments treat the tumor without affecting the rest of the body. Local treatments include surgery and radiation therapy. Surgery removes the cancer cells from the body. Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells.
Most breast cancer tumors are treated with surgery. There are several types of surgery for breast cancer. Some of the most common types of breast cancer surgeries include lumpectomy, partial or segmental mastectomy, simple or total mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, and radical mastectomy.
MammoSite® 5-day Targeted Radiation Therapy is an advanced high-dose radiation treatment that may be an alternative to mastectomy for some women. Traditional radiation methods work to kill cancer cells, but in the process, also destroy some healthy tissue around the targeted area. Mammosite following lumpectomy is a breast conservation therapy. It spares as many healthy cells as possible because it directs a high-dose of radiation to only a specific area surrounding the lumpectomy cavity, the area where cancer recurrence is most likely to occur. Additionally, the duration of treatment time for Mammosite is shorter than other radiation therapies, shortened from several weeks to just five days.
In some cases, even with treatment, breast cancer can return. This is termed “recurrent breast cancer.” Recurrent breast cancer may come back near the original site or in distant organs. Your doctor can explain your risk of recurrent cancer and possible treatments if it does recur.
The experience of cancer and cancer treatments can be an emotional process for people with cancer and their loved ones. It is important that you receive support. Some people find comfort in their family, friends, co-workers, and places of worship. Cancer support groups are another good option. They can be a good source of information and support from people who understand what you are experiencing. Ask your doctor for cancer support group locations in your area.
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