Breast Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

23. What are the standard types of treatment for breast cancer?

Standard treatments for breast cancer include

  • surgery that takes out the cancer and some surrounding tissue
  • radiation therapy that uses high-energy beams to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors and some surrounding tissue.
  • chemotherapy that uses anti-cancer drugs to kill cancer most cells
  • hormone therapy that keeps cancer cells from getting most of the hormones they need to survive and grow.

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