Treating Breast Cancer
The Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute in Seattle brings together all the resources of Virginia Mason to provide patients with the most progressive breast cancer care available.
Two New Options for Breast Cancer Treatment
Other Treatment Options for Breast Cancer
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you have a lot of information to think through and important decisions to make about your care. Before making a decision, we recommend that you follow these important guidelines:
- Read as much as you can.
- Talk with your cancer care team.
- Ask lots of questions.
- Understand the benefits and drawbacks of the treatments.
- Get a second opinion, if you think you need one.
- Talk with other women who have had various types of treatment.
The good news is that early detection of breast cancer (see Preventing Breast Cancer), when it is confined to the breast and nearby lymph nodes, is treatable with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy.
You and your provider will discuss the type of treatment you need, depending on many factors, including:
- Type, size and location of the tumor;
- Whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, lungs, liver or bones;
- Receptor status (ER/PR/HER2);
- Your age and general health;
- Menopausal status;
- Your desire for immediate or delayed reconstruction of the breast;
- Which treatment will give you the best possible chance for a cure.