Breast cancer requires expert care. Our doctors treat every stage of breast cancer.
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women, affecting one in eight women who live to the age of 80. The disease forms when breast cells mutate (change) and multiply uncontrollably, forming a tumor. If untreated, cancerous cells may spread to other parts of the body. Women who have a family history of the disease, who are obese or who have dense breasts have a higher risk of the disease. Symptoms include a lump, skin changes, nipple discharge and pain.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our experts have the training and expertise to quickly diagnose breast cancer and tailor a treatment plan to each patient’s unique needs. Our oncologists have experience with early-stage and complex breast cancers, including triple-negative and inflammatory. CTCA® patients have access to tools such as advanced genomic testing and a wide range of treatments, including breast-conserving surgery, immunotherapy and clinical trials. Breast cancer is such an important focus at CTCA that each of our hospitals has a Breast Cancer Center dedicated to treating patients with all stages of this complex disease.
CTCA breast cancer experts target tumors with an array of treatments and technologies. Our nationally accredited Breast Cancer Centers are staffed with multidisciplinary teams of doctors and clinicians with expertise in treating the wide variety of breast cancer types and stages. Treatment plans are customized for each patient’s unique needs.
Common treatments for breast cancer include:
For most patients, surgery is part of the treatment process. Our breast surgeons and surgical oncology teams have significant experience in performing surgical procedures for the many types of breast cancer, including inflammatory and invasive diseases. We have the expertise and capabilities to treat advanced breast tumors that involve the chest wall, and we also perform palliative surgeries to eliminate pain and increase patients’ comfort level.
This treatment is typically recommended for patients with locally advanced or metastatic cancer.
Cancers that test positive for certain hormones may be treated with hormone-blocking therapy to slow or stop the cancer cells from growing or metastasizing.
When a breast tumor is large or not easily removed with surgery, radiation therapy before surgery may be used to help shrink the tumor. After breast-sparing surgery, radiation treatments may help destroy remaining cancer cells.
These medications are designed to shut down the HER2 gene, cutting off the cancer cells’ energy supply.