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Breast Cancer

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More than analyzing, advancing.

Cancer Institute of Florida is committed to providing those with breast cancer the latest and most effective treatments available.

Treatment Options for Breast Cancer

  • Chemotherapy medicines that destroy cancer cells
  • Radiation therapy to destroy cancerous tissue
  • Surgery to remove cancerous tissue - a lumpectomy removes the breast lump; mastectomy removes all
    or part of the breast and possible nearby structures
  • Hormonal therapy is prescribed to women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer to block certain hormones that fuel cancer growth
  • Targeted therapy

The hormonal therapy drugs block the effects of estrogen and/or progeterone, which can help breast cancer cells survive and grow. Most women with estrogen-sensitive breast cancer benefit from hormone therapy drugs.

Another class of medicines called aromatase inhibitors have been shown to work just as well or even better in postmenopausal women with breast cancer.

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy, also called biologic therapy, is another type of cancer treatment. This therapy uses special anticancer drugs that target certain changes in a cell that can lead to cancer.

Cancer treatment may be local or systemic.

Local treatments involve only the area of disease. Radiation and surgery are forms of local treatment.

Systemic treatments affect the entire body. Chemotherapy is a type of systemic treatment.

Most women receive a combination of treatments. For women with stage I, II or III breast cancer, the main goal is to treat the cancer and prevent it from returning. For women with stage IV cancer, the goal is to improve symptoms and help them live longer. In most cases, stage IV breast cancer cannot be cured.

For detailed information about specific breast cancer chemotherapy drugs, what they are used for, ways in which they are administered, along with possible therapies, contact us today.