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Treatments for Breast Cancer

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Treatments for Breast Cancer

The goal of treatment is to remove most or all of the cancer. Doing so may preserve the breast and its function. The treatments will also help to keep the cancer from spreading or coming back. Breast cancer is treated with more than one method. How it is done depends on the type of breast cancer, age, health, and outlook. Comfort measures are given to those with later stages of cancer.

Breast cancer is treated with:

Treatments for many cancers are always changing. Some have yet to be found. As a result, clinical trials exist around the world. For more information about clinical trials, visit the US National Institutes of Health website.


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  • Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.