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Treatment of Breast Cancer – Options

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Thanks to extensive research and aggressive treatment, many women have good outcomes with their breast cancer.

Doctors often have several treatment options to consider for each patient. A number of factors will determine your best treatment option including:​​

  • The stage of the cancer
  • The results of hormone receptor and genetic tests
  • Your general health

Treatment options include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Targeted therapy

​Because of the factors your doctor must consider when designing your treatment, what is recommended for one woman may not be the best option for another.

In many cases, your treatment plan will include a combination of several options.

Your doctor will discuss the treatment options available to you along with possible side effects. Be sure you understand the risks and probable outcomes before deciding on a treatment plan. You may also want to discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of appropriate clinical trials.

Marshfield Clinic has cancer experts in every field of screening, diagnosis, treatment and support. Three Marshfield Clinic centers have received full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). ​

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What Do You Know About Breast Cancer?

Test your knowledge of breast cancer by taking this quiz.

1. Finding breast cancer early is the key to successful treatment.
2. Older women are more likely to develop breast cancer.
3. Most breast lumps are cancer.
4. It's OK to use deodorant on the day you have a mammogram.
5. Women who drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day increase their risk for breast cancer.
6. Women who have their first child before age 30 and breastfeed are less likely to develop breast cancer.
7. Smoking may increase your risk for breast cancer.
8. Breast cancer can be treated by surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
9. Starting at age 30, women should have a mammogram every 1 or 2 years.
10. A woman's chances of developing breast cancer are higher if her mother, a sister, or daughter had it.
11. It's safe for women to use hormone therapy for a prolonged time during menopause.
12. Regular exercise can reduce your risk for breast cancer.
13. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women.