What treatment are there for early breast cancer?

Don't forget genes! I agree with the prior answer. If you are 34 years old with breast cancer, do not make a decision about surgery until you have been tested for the brca gene! (go to myriad.Com and click on the bracanalysis box).
Variable. Breast cancer is individually treated depending on each person's condition, cancer stage & cell type. Surgery with lumpectomy, often combined with the proper chemotherapy or hormone agents, and sometimes radiation therapy. It varies highly from one person to another, depending on the factors I have noted above.

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Which treatment does a woman with early breast cancer need?

Varies. But commonly surgery is first done to remove the lump. Depends if invasive or in situ, cell type, cancer stage, hormone receptors, etc. May need cchemotherapy or hormone therapy. May need radiation therapy. A medical oncologist can direct the best treatments. Read more...

Do I need radiation therapy if I have early stage breast cancer with clear margins?

Probably. Discuss at length with your doc. If you are really 32, you have a much higher risk of recurrence in the breast than a much older woman (assuming that you had lumpectomy). Radiation or mastectomy is definitely indicated. Lumpectomy alone may be ok in very selected post-menopausal tumors that are estrogen receptor positive, good margins, small, and with specific pathologic features. Read more...
Depends on surgery. The answer to this depends mainly on the type of surgery you have had. If you had a mastectomy, you would not require radiation. If you had a lumpectomy, you probably would benefit from radiation. Read more...
Maybe. The stage is important, but so are other things. Namely, the type of carcinoma (ductal vs lobular), invasive disease vs in situ (or both), differentiation status, receptor expression, etc. If low grade, neg margins & neg nodes, skipping radiation is likely an option. If your oncologist insists, ask why, and get yourself a second opinion (including pathology review) for assurance. Read more...
Yes! There is nothing that makes a surgeon more uncomfortable after a lumpectomy than hearing the question: "did you get it all?" cancer is very humbling and it's growth is not completely predictable. While our margins may be "clear", we know many women will return with cancer at this lumpectomy site within 2-3 years unless radiation therapy is given. With rare exception, radiation rx is necessary. Read more...

Is radiation therapy necessary when I have early stage of breast cancer with all clear margins?

Adjuvant radiation. For early stage of breast cancer-when a breast sparing surgery-i.e. Lumpectomy is able to be done with clear margins- postsurgical radiation therapy is recommended to reduce risk for local recurrence to the affected breast. So, the asnwer is yes, it is necessary. Read more...
Radiation,don't know. I do agree with dr. Ho, with the exception of triple negative breast cancertnbc is neg for estrogen, progesterone, her2 receptors because of this there is not a direct chemo treatment. Also this type of breast ca -about 15% of breast cancers-is usually not very sensitive to radiation therapy it is quite responsive to chemotherapy (non-hormonal) . If you are "autoimmune" rads may not work well. Read more...
Yes! There is nothing that makes a surgeon more uncomfortable after a lumpectomy than hearing the question: "did you get it all?" cancer is very humbling and it's growth is not completely predictable. While our margins may be "clear", we know many women will return with cancer at this lumpectomy site within 2-3 years unless radiation therapy is given. With rare exception, radiation rx is necessary. Read more...

What if you have breast cancer but it hasn't spread yet what treatment is recommended?

Depends. On what type of cancer it is (invasive or dcis). But the norm is lumpectomy + radiation + anti-estrogen therapy if the tumor is estrogen receptor positive. Aggressive tumors or those that have spread to lymph nodes warrant chemotherapy as well. Read more...
Dependent on details. There's variability in the aggressiveness of cancers. Size matters too, even if lymph nodes are negative. Hormonal receptor status and other prognostic features help in the treatment planning. Breast conservation requires radiation treatment for most. Chemo may not be helpful, but best to follow through with consultations, no matter how early it was caught. Your surgeon should guide you. Read more...
Depends. This depends on the size and nature of the tumor. In general the treatment for breast cancer involves surgery and sometime radiation and chemo/hormone therapy. Read more...

I have finished treatment for stages 3 breast cancer. How often should I be tested to ensure the cancer hasn't returned?

Ask your oncologist. Your oncologist will lay out your follow up schedule. Read more...
Care plan. The follow up plan for breast cancer is a good history and physical every 3-6 months for the first 2 years then every 6 months until 5 years then yearly. It is not recommended to do a lot of scans as survival is equivalent for patients we routinely scan versus those that we follow as recommend above. A mammogram is recommended on affected breast 6 months after radiation then yearly. Read more...
Follow up important. Talk to your oncologist. I tend to see patients every 3 months for physical and labs. Sooner if any concern arises. Read more...

My 87 year old aunt has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She's had it for over a year. However, she doesn't want treatment, are there home remedies for this?

No. There are no home treatments for cancer. Surgical removal of the cancer (which can be a minor procedure) & hormone therapy can be a first start for treatment of breast cancer. Read more...
Not really. I would not recommend home therapies. A lot depends on her health. If the tumor is advanced, surgery may be needed to prevent chest involvement or skin ulceration. If the tumor is small and not aggressive it may be possible that an agent like tamoxifen (estrogen receptor blocker) may give some local control without surgery. Consultation with a compassionate breast cancer specialist is in order. Read more...
Discuss with surgeon. Usually surgical removal is the first step and is well tolerated even in the elderly. If she absolutely refuses surgery and the tumor is not too big, I have treated several patients like her with tamoxifen alone and have had reasonable success. There are no home remedies. A lot depends on her overall health (is she ambulatory, in a nursing home, etc.) and the size of the tumor. Read more...

What is the treatment for breast cancer?

Multimodal Rx. The primary treatment for most breast cancers is surgery, either mastectomy or lumpectomy; if one chooses lumpectomy, they will also require radiation therapy. Depending on the stage of the cancer, chemotherapy may be indicated. This may be given as a pill and/or IV medication, depending on tumor-specific factors. Read more...