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How is early-stage breast cancer typically treated?
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Surgery first
Surgery comes first to remove the tumor and some lymph nodes in the armpit.
Depending on the sub-type of breast cancer, chemotherapy (if necessary) comes next. Radiation comes next if breast-sparing surgery was done. Finally, if the tumor has the estrogen receptor, anti-estrogen pills are given for five years.

In brief: Surgery first
Surgery comes first to remove the tumor and some lymph nodes in the armpit.
Depending on the sub-type of breast cancer, chemotherapy (if necessary) comes next. Radiation comes next if breast-sparing surgery was done. Finally, if the tumor has the estrogen receptor, anti-estrogen pills are given for five years.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (brachytherapy) may be performed prior to beginning chemotherapy, since it can be completed over 5 days, without significantly delaying chemotherapy.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 2 ways
lumpctomy and radiation or mastectomy and immediate reconstruction.
Many factors impact the choice of which. Be sure to consult a plastic surgeon in addition to a general surgeon and oncologist before deciding! Best of luck & don't worry- treatment is not usually as bad as you think it's going to be.

In brief: 2 ways
lumpctomy and radiation or mastectomy and immediate reconstruction.
Many factors impact the choice of which. Be sure to consult a plastic surgeon in addition to a general surgeon and oncologist before deciding! Best of luck & don't worry- treatment is not usually as bad as you think it's going to be.
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Surgery
Early stage breast cancer is usually treated with surgery, radiation and sometimes chemotherapy/hormone therapy depending on the stage.

In brief: Surgery
Early stage breast cancer is usually treated with surgery, radiation and sometimes chemotherapy/hormone therapy depending on the stage.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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