Treatments for breast cancer
If you have breast cancer, your healthcare team will create a treatment plan just for you. It will be based on your health and specific information about the cancer. When deciding which treatments to offer for ductal carcinoma and lobular carcinoma, your healthcare team will consider:
- the stage
- if you have reached menopause
- the hormone receptor status of the cancer
- the HER2 status of the cancer
- the risk that the cancer will come back, or recur (for early stage breast cancers)
- your overall health
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Treatments for stage 0 breast cancer
Treatments for stage 1 breast cancer
Treatments for stage 2 breast cancer
Treatments for stage 3 breast cancer
Treatments for stage 4 breast cancer
Treatments for recurrent breast cancer
Surgery for breast cancer
Choosing the surgery that is right for you
Risk of recurrence after surgery and additional treatments
Radiation therapy for breast cancer
Chemotherapy for breast cancer
Hormone therapy for breast cancer
Targeted therapy for breast cancer
Immunotherapy for breast cancer
Follow-up after treatment for breast cancer
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