What are my options? https://www.MyBreastCancerTreatment.org
Treatment options: https://www.breastcanceroptions.org
At stage one breast cancer the choices are three:
- · Breast-sparing surgery; surgery is to just remove the mass
- · Modified or radical mastectomy with or without the breast
- · Removal or radiation of the mass
At stage two: the standard treatment is mastectomy with radiation and systemic treatment. Treatment can include chemotherapy and hormone treatment.
At stage three there is usually drug and radiation treatment and sometimes women can avoid a mastectomy; however that does not increase the survival rate.
At sage four there is usually surgery with radiation and/or chemotherapy and hormone treatment. The remission rate is 10 to 20 percent but it is rare that the patient is cured a 100 percent.
This type of therapy is used in addition to the usual treatment to kill any cancer cells that could have spread even if the cancer cells have not been found by radiology or laboratory test. This type of treatment is used to shrink tumors before surgery; therefore, it makes it easier to remove the tumor.
A biopsy is a surgical procedure to diagnosis and is done by removal of local tumor. What is done is some of the tumor or mass is removed and sent to a laboratory to be tested for cancer cells.
Radiation is used to stop (or control) the cancer cells from spreading.
Chemotherapy and hormone treatment:
This type of treatment is to reduce the chances of the cancer cells recurring and stop the possibility of cancer cells spreading to other parts of the body.
The survival rate has to do a lot with the emotional state of each patient. To be told: “you have breast cancer;” is very dramatic for any woman. For some it is like being given a death sentence. While for others it is not so dramatic. In many cases how a woman handles this kind of news has to do with her self-esteem and the kind of moral support she has from her family and friends. It has been found that women who do not “own” the cancer do better than those who do. Let me explain this idea. Women who say; they have found cancer cells in my breast are accepting there are cancer cells in the breast but are not saying I have cancer. Whereas, those women who say; my cancer in my breast have owned the cancer. I know a woman who had cancer and what she did (I think was remarkable) she drew a picture of what her idea of what the cancer might look like and after each treatment she darkened the picture to show the tumor shrinking.