In many cases, women find a lump that makes them suspect they have breast cancer. However, sometimes, they may be unaware of anything unusual and the diagnosis can come as a complete shock. The best way to regain some control over your body and your health is to learn as much as you can about breast cancer. Do some research on treatments and get answers to your questions. Joining a support group is a good way to get first-hand information about what you can expect during treatment and how to prepare your family and your daily schedule.

Your Doctor Will Determine Treatment Based on Your Needs


Your breast cancer treatment may be different than someone else’s. Your oncologist will carefully evaluate the type of cancer that is involved, as well as how extensive it is in your body. These factors influence what type of treatment is best for you at this time. You may have more than one type of treatment during your care. According to HealthPartners, if the cancer was caught in the early stages, your treatment will likely take less than six months. If the cancer is more extensive, you will probably receive treatment for six months or more. In some cases, treatments may be repeated or a different form of treatment may be done. Hormone therapy will typically take place for years after treatment if necessitated, but this is usually done with daily medications.

Common Treatments For Breast Cancer


Surgery to remove cancerous tissue is a common treatment. This may be followed by chemotherapy, using strong drugs that cause cancerous cells to die. These are usually in the form of pills or intravenous medicines. Sometimes, both forms are given. Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells in a focused manner. Hormonal therapy is another option. This type of treatment prevents cancerous cells from getting the hormones they need to grow. Biological therapy involves stimulation of the body’s own immune system, to fight off cancer cells. It is also used to reduce side effects from other forms of treatment. New types of individualized and targeted treatments are being developed every day, helping to reduce the time needed for treatment and reduce the number and severity of side effects.


It’s important to take some time to think over the treatment options your doctor recommends. You may need to make arrangements to take some time off work, arrange for childcare, or consult with family about help and support during your treatment. Many women find it hard to accept the help and allow others to take care of them, instead of taking care of others. But getting the help and care you need is critical to becoming a successful survivor of cancer


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