Dr. Harness shares what the treatments for breast cancer are.
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Breast Cancer Treatments You have to think of two again, major categories of treatment. One is of the breast itself. And that’s usually divided into the lay mans term as a lumpectomy, meaning taking out the cancerous area with normal tissue surrounding, usually followed by radiation therapy. So that’s one category. And that big category is called breast conservation, meaning were saving the breast. The second category of —and no matter what we do surgically to the brest, we want to always check the lymph nodes to see if they’re involved with cancer. But the second big category of treatment of breast cancer is mastectomy. And again, I want to urge most women if they do need to have a mastectomy that they really consider immediate reconstruction to reshape the area of the mastectomy. Now, those are the local controls of the cancer in the breast. But once a cancer becomes invasive, cancer cells circulate in the body and so we’ve known for greater than 20 years, that you have to treat the whole body for breast cancer, either with chemotherapy potentially and or Antihormone therapy potentially.