Announcer: A tumor can be treated in several ways, often preserving a woman's breast. Treatment includes chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and hormonal therapy. In chemotherapy, strong anti-cancer drugs work to shrink a tumor by attacking cancer cells throughout the body. But one side effect of chemotherapy is temporary hair loss.
LaVonne: I was concerned about living -- I wasn't concerned about any hair, you know? If I had to wear a wig the rest of my life, it wouldn't bother me, as long as I had a rest of my life.
Announcer: Another treatment is surgery. Doctors may remove a cancerous lump and some surrounding tissue in a procedure called lumpectomy, or may remove the entire breast in what's called mastectomy. Doctors will also check underarm lymph nodes. After surgery, there may be treatment with radiation to try to destroy any undetected cancer cells in the affected breast. Hormonal therapy is another anti-cancer treatment. Ann Morris is taking a hormonal medication called tamoxifen, a drug that is highly effective in preventing the spread of cancer.