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Breast Cancer Treatment Options

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We are committed to providing you with the best possible treatment for your specific type of cancer, its stage, and your personal needs, all in an atmosphere of compassionate care. Effective treatment for breast cancer requires a coordinated team of specialists who understand the medical, surgical and emotional aspects of breast cancer. Our team of breast cancer experts from multiple disciplines come together to determine the most appropriate treatment approach for you and your individual needs.

Our goal is to provide the most effective breast cancer treatments, while preserving healthy tissue and cells. The benefits of choosing our breast cancer care team include:

  • A team of experts that works together to design the most effective breast cancer treatment plan for your specific type and stage of breast cancer.
  • Specially trained breast surgeons and plastic surgeons who develop plans to remove breast cancer and perform advanced breast reconstruction.
  • Powerful and targeted treatments designed to precisely attack cancer cells and limit radiation exposure to healthy tissue.
  • Radiation oncologists who are leaders in their field, researching and providing the latest technologies to reduce treatment side effects.
  • Techniques that limit radiation exposure to the heart and lungs for left breast cancer, including heart-sparing prone positioning.
  • Access to clinical trials offering potentially promising breast cancer treatments not available to the general public.

Treatment Options

Treatment for breast cancer often varies depending on the stage of the cancer and its location. That's why we offer the full range of innovative breast cancer treatments. Depending on the type and stage of breast cancer, one or more of the following treatments may be used:

Breast Surgery

There are several types of surgical procedures used to treat breast cancer. Our experts use innovative techniques and advanced procedures to effectively remove breast tumors while also preserving as much healthy breast tissue as possible.

Our experienced breast surgeons skillfully perform several procedures to remove breast lumps or tumors, including:

  • Lumpectomy: Removal of the tumor and a limited amount of surrounding healthy tissue.
  • Mastectomy: Removal of the breast tissue and possibly lymph nodes and muscle from the breast area.
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy: Removal of inner breast tissue, sparing the nipple and areola and skin.
  • Skin-sparing mastectomy: Removal of inner breast tissue, and the nipple and areola, sparing the skin.
  • Reconstructive surgery: Our surgeons perform several reconstruction procedures, such as oncoplastic reconstruction and breast reduction for lumpectomy patients and implants or tissue flaps for mastectomy patients.
Breast Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses a beam of high-energy X-rays or other particles to destroy cancer cells in a targeted area. For breast cancer treatment, radiation therapy can be used after surgery to help ensure breast cancer does not come back or as a primary treatment if cancer has spread to other parts of the body.


Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. For breast cancer treatment, it's usually combined with other treatment options. Chemotherapy may be used before surgery to shrink a tumor and help provide a better chance for complete resection, or after surgery to kill any cancer cells that may remain. Chemotherapy is also part of the primary treatment for metastatic breast cancer that has spread to other areas of the body.

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy for breast cancer is a treatment for breast cancers that are sensitive to hormones. Hormone therapy is often used after surgery to ensure that any remaining cancer cells are killed. In some cases, it may also be given before surgery to help shrink the tumor before resection.


Immunotherapy uses medications that boost your body's immune system to attack and kill cancer cells.

Targeted therapy

An innovative new treatment, targeted therapy uses medications to target molecules that cancer cells need to survive.