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Treatment

DIFFERENT TYPES OF TREATMENT are available for patients with breast cancer. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. More common treatments include:

  • Surgeries such as lumpectomy (remove tumor and some normal tissue around it); partial mastectomy (remove part of the breast and some normal tissue); and total mastectomy (remove the entire breast).
  • Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays and other types of radiation to kill cancer cells and keep them from growing.
  • Chemotherapy uses drugs to strop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing them or stopping them from dividing.
  • Hormone therapy removes hormones or blocks their action and stops cancer cells from growing.
  • Targeted therapy uses drugs or other substances to identity and attack specific cancer cells.

In addition to these and other treatments, new treatments are being tested in clinical trials that OHC often participates in. Check with your OHC physician for more information about participating in a clinical trial.