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Invasive Breast Cancer: Symptoms, Treatments, Prognosis

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How is invasive breast cancer treated? continued...

There are many treatments for invasive breast cancer. They include:

  • Surgery. A lumpectomy is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon removes the cancer and a small area of healthy tissue around it. A mastectomy may be performed after chemotherapy. This procedure removes all of your breast.
  • Chemotherapy. This drug treatment may be done before surgery to shrink the tumor and make the cancer operable. It’s also sometimes given after surgery to try to prevent he cancer from coming back.
  • Radiation. Often, radiation treatments are given after chemotherapy and surgery to prevent the cancer from coming back.
  • Hormone therapy. Certain medicationsmay be given if the cancer cells have hormone receptors.
  • Targeted therapy. If the cancer cells have the gene HER2, you may be given drug treatments specifically for that.

The goal of your treatment is to give you the best possible outcome. Your doctor may use one or a combination of them.

Some women with invasive breast cancer choose to be part of a clinical trial. These trials test new drugs or treatment combinations to see if they are safe and if they work. And they’re often a way for people to try new medicine that isn't available to everyone. Your doctor can tell you if one of these trials might be a good fit for you.

Women with invasive breast cancer have more promise for a good outcome than ever before. Talk to your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for your situation.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on July 22, 2015
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