Understanding Breast Cancer -- Diagnosis & Treatment
What Are the Treatments for Breast Cancer? continued...
Sometimes a treatment called ovarian ablation is used to treat breast cancer. Ovarian ablation means making the ovaries of premenopausal woman nonfunctional, either by removing them with surgery, by treating the ovaries with radiation, or by blocking the pituitary hormone that makes the ovaries function with the use of a group of drugs known as LHRH or GnRH agonists.
Biological Therapy for Breast Cancer
is a newer approach that works with your immune system to fight cancer. In about 25% of women with breast cancer, an excess of a protein known as HER2 makes the cancer spread more quickly. There are several biological therapies that are used to fight HER2-positive breast cancer. Options include Herceptin, Perjeta, Tykerb, and Kadcyla. These may be used along with other medicines. For HER2-negative breast cancers, Afinitor is used to treat women with advanced, hormone-receptor positive breast cancer.
After breast cancer surgery, a regular routine of simple exercises will help to restore your mobility and reduce muscle stiffness. To minimize potential discomfort from radiation, avoid wearing a tight-fitting bra or clothes that may irritate the area. Keep your skin clean and well ventilated, and use only those skin lotions, creams, and deodorants recommended by your doctor.