Breast Cancer Treatment
Surgical Removal of Breast Cancer
Surgery is performed to excise (remove) the cancer from the breast. Various surgical procedures are available, including breast conservation (part of the breast is removed), oncoplastic resection (large tissue is removed and the remaining breast tissue is rearranged to gain optimal cosmetic results), mastectomy with or without reconstruction, and nipple sparing mastectomy. Additional lymph node resection may be done to accurately stage the disease.
Using Radiation to Treat Breast Cancer
Radiation therapy is conducted in order to destroy any cancer cells that may remain after surgical excision. The type and length of radiation therapy will vary based on your type of cancer and the type of surgery that was done.
Treating Breast Cancer with Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy may be indicated if you have a type of cancer that is likely to spread or has already spread outside the breast. The specific type of chemotherapy will be determined by your medical oncologist, who will evaluate your medical condition and the cancer type thoroughly.
Using Hormones to Treat Breast Cancer
Endocrine therapy, in the form of a hormone pill, may be prescribed to you if your cancer has hormone receptors (estrogen and progesterone) present.
Find the Breast Cancer Treatment Right for You
At Mercy Health System, we offer many types of breast cancer treatment. We treat you with compassion and state-of-the-art technology. Find a Cancer Nurse Navigator to help you will all aspects of your treatment on the right contact panel or by calling 1.877.GO MERCY.