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how is breast cancer treated?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
19 years experience Radiation Oncology
Surgery/Chemo/Radiat: Treatment usually starts with surgery, removal of the tumor grossly. Depending on the stage and biology it may require chemotherapy and/or radiation. Anti-estrogen therapy may also play a role.
Answered on Jun 25, 2013
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen commented
33 years experience General Surgery
For larger breast cancers, we may offer chemotherapy first to shrink the tumor and potentially avoid the need for mastectomy.
Sep 15, 2011
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Stage, biology of ca: Treatment of breast cancer will depend on the stage, the biology of cancer, prognostic factors, your overall condition and your preference. There are 3 modalities that are used- many times- used in combination - surgical resection ( lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy); radiation therapy and chemotherapy and/or hormonal tx ( anti estrogen therapy), and biological ts. Treatment is complex and individualized.
Answered on Sep 15, 2012
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Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Depens (penicillamine) on stage: This depends on the stage. But generally breast cancer is treated by multiple specialities. Surgery, chemo, hormonal, and radiation are the main treatment modalities.
Answered on Apr 4, 2013

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