Breast Cancer Medical Oncology

Breast Cancer Treatment at Virginia Mason in Seattle

Chemotherapy, endocrine/hormonal therapy, and radiation therapy are some of the tools (adjuvant therapies) used to treat breast cancer. Your care team will will design an individualized management course for you after considering many factors, including:

  • Primary tumor size
  • Number of nodes involved (if the cancer is invasive)
  • Hormone receptor status
  • HER-2 recepter status
  • Tumor grade and the overall biology of your cancer

When used prior to surgery, the treatments are known as "neoadjuvant" therapies. When used after surgery, the treatments are known as "adjuvant" therapies.