Breast cancer is treated in several ways. It depends on the kind of breast cancer and how far it has spread. People with breast cancer often get more than one kind of treatment. Doctors from different specialties often work together to treat breast cancer.
Treatment for breast cancer | Cancer Council Victoria
Skip to Content. Have questions about breast cancer? Ask here. Use the menu to see other pages. This section explains the types of treatments that are the standard of care for early-stage and locally advanced breast cancer. When making treatment plan decisions, you are strongly encouraged to consider clinical trials as an option. A clinical trial is a research study that tests a new approach to treatment.
The type of treatment you have for breast cancer will depend on the stage of your cancer. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Find out about the different types of surgery for breast cancer, how to prepare for your operation, and how to recover well. Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. Find out about planning radiotherapy for breast cancer, having treatment, and possible side effects.
Weigh the benefits of each treatment option against the possible risks and side effects. Most women with breast cancer will have some type of surgery to remove the tumor. Depending on the type of breast cancer and how advanced it is, you might need other types of treatment as well, either before or after surgery, or sometimes both. They can be given by mouth or put directly into the bloodstream. Typically, treatment plans are based on the type of breast cancer, its stage, and any special situations.