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Breast Cancer: Know Your Treatment Options

Breast cancer treatment is based on type, size and location of the tumor. There are many options in the treatment of breast cancer. It is important to discuss all options with your doctor.

Your doctor will likely refer you to an oncologist who specializes in the treatment of cancer. Your oncologist may recommend one of the following treatment plans:


There are many options with surgery. Lumpectomy is a procedure where only breast tissue surrounding the tumor is removed. The second option is a complete mastectomy, where the entire breast is removed. For those in the high-risk group, both breasts may need to be removed. Some women remove both breasts by choice to reduce the chance of cancer returning. It’s best to discuss which option is best for you with your doctor.


Chemotherapy is powerful drug used to treat cancer. You will need to schedule appointments at an outpatient clinic to receive it. They will most likely give you the drug through a needle in your arm while you sit in a reclining chair. Chemotherapy can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. This can make you sick. Your hair will likely fall out. Newer drugs are working to help minimize these symptoms. A nurse can help you through the rough patches. It helps to bring a family member or friend to help pass the time while you sit and receive treatment.

Radiation therapy

This is where radioactive material is targeted to your tumor site. It helps to help get rid of any remaining cancer cells that surgery or chemotherapy did not catch. Think of it as added insurance to protect you. This too can make you sick so be sure to report any symptoms to your doctor.

Hormonal therapy/stem cell transplants:

These therapies can be used alone or with chemotherapy and radiation therapy They help to boost your healthy cells to help the medicine work to kill the cancer cells.



Studies show that the most frequent reason why women do not get mammogram is because they did not talk about it with their doctor. Gateway Health makes it easy for you to get the care you need. Female members may self-refer for a mammogram. Gateway Health does not require a prescription order from your doctor for a mammogram screening. Some facilities may still request a script. You can ask when you call to schedule your visit. Please take your member identification card with you on the day of your visit. The center will also need to know who your doctor is. Don’t delay, schedule your annual screening mammogram today.

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