Advanced, Minimally Invasive Options
There are many advanced options for treating breast cancer. Local therapies such as minimally invasive surgeries are often recommended. They target cancer cells while allowing you to conserve your breasts and avoid a mastectomy. Radiation therapy is another local therapy that targets the tumor directly. If it's difficult for to determine if the cancer cells have spread, however, your doctor will also recommend one or a combination of systemic therapies, which travel through the bloodstream looking for additional cancer cells.
A combination of drugs that kill cancer cells, given in a specific order for a specific period of time and then followed by a recovery time
A local treatment that affects only the part of the body being treated. It uses special equipment to deliver high doses of radiation that destroy cancer cells. Whole breast radiation or internal radiation may be given. The most common internal radiation is called accelerated partial breast radiation (APBI)—a system of radiation delivery for breast cancer using a multi-lumen catheter. This therapy dramatically reduces the amount of time required for patients needing radiation therapy. NCH is able to offer multiple state of the art radiation therapy choices to individualize your care.
Blocks the effects of your body’s hormones. If your cancer is hormone-sensitive, this may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy
Targeted Molecular Therapies
Targeted molecular therapies, which interfere with specific molecules involved in cancer cell growth and survival, are drugs that are available for treatment of breast cancer.