How is breast cancer treated?

The majority of women with breast cancer will undergo surgery as part of their cancer treatment.

The standard types of breast surgery include wide local excision (lumpectomy) and mastectomy.   In addition to surgery, some women will receive adjuvant (additional) treatment to stop cancer growth, spread, or recurrence. Types of adjuvant therapies include: chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and drug treatments. Occasionally women may be treated with chemotherapy, radiation, or drugs without having breast surgery.

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