The Latest Breast Cancer Treatment Options
October 27, 2014•10 min
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. The five year survival rate of breast cancer is over 90% when caught early. Treatment options are based on many factors, including: •Type and stage of the cancer •Whether the cancer is sensitive to certain hormones •Whether the cancer overproduces (overexpresses) the HER2/neu geneLatest Cancer treatments may include: •Chemotherapy, which uses medicines to kill cancer cells. •Radiation therapy, which is used to destroy cancerous tissue. •Surgery to remove cancerous tissue: A lumpectomy removes the breast lump; mastectomy removes all or part of the breast and possible nearby structures.Dr. David Melnick is here to discuss surgical breast cancer treatment options and help you decide which treatment is best for you.