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Treating breast cancer

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After you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, your specialist team will discuss your treatment options with you and their possible side effects. This section of the website describes the range of treatments you may be offered.

Your specialists will consider many different factors when working out the best treatment for you, including the type of breast cancer you have, your age and your general health. Treatment may involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy or targeted therapy, either given alone or in any combination or order.

This part of the website also contains information about treatment for secondary breast cancer (where the disease has spread to other parts of the body) and clinical trials.

If you have any questions, we offer a range of free services for people affected by breast cancer. From diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, our services are here every step of the way.

Breast Cancer Voice Kate Hinds talks about her own concerns with treating breast cancer. If you have worries or concerns about your breast cancer treatment and need someone to talk to please call our Helpline on 0808 800 6000.

Content last reviewed September 2013; next planned content review 2015