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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 a 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

Biological therapyis a newer approach 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 can be used to treat women with advanced, hormone-receptor positive breast cancer.

At-Home Recovery

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.


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Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on March 12, 2014

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