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Treatment For Breast Cancer

Written by Amy Hall
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Breast Cancer Surgery

The treatment for breast cancer usually involves surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy in order to eliminate the cancer completely. The type of treatment for breast cancer a woman receives is always specific to her situation. Based on the stage of cancer she has, her age, her overall health, the size of her breasts, and whether or not the cancer has spread, will determine what type of treatment she receives.

If a woman has been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, meaning the tumor measures larger than five centimeters or the tumor has spread to the lymph nodes, and nodes are now clumping to sticking to one another or surrounding tissue, then a mastectomy with radiation and/or chemotherapy is probably necessary. This type of cancer is very invasive and has the potential to spread to other vital organs quickly, such as the liver, lungs, or bones. Doctors will probably perform a radical mastectomy, in which the entire breast, all the lymph nodes, and the underlying muscle are removed.

Advances in Treatment for Breast Cancer

Fortunately, breast cancer research is at the top of its game, and more and more medical advances are being discovered every day. Being diagnosed with breast cancer is no longer a death sentence, and many women live to a ripe old age after undergoing surgery and other treatments for their cancer. It is important to have a strong support system in place if you are diagnosed with breast cancer, as this will be a challenging time in your life.

There are many options for breast cancer patients today. You don't have to necessarily lose a breast to this disease, and if you do lose a breast, you can elect to have reconstructive surgery immediately. Remember, the scariest part of breast cancer is being diagnosed. Once you begin your treatment you will begin to feel more in control of the cancer, instead of the cancer being in control of you.

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