Going through breast cancer treatment

After you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, your specialist team will discuss your treatment options with you and their possible side effects. 

Surgery is the first treatment for most people with breast cancer.

Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells.

Radiotherapy is a treatment for cancer that uses carefully measured and controlled high energy x-rays. 

Find out about hormone therapy, why it's given and what side effects you might experience.

Targeted therapies, also known as biological therapies, are drugs that block the growth and spread of cancer. 

Bisphosphonates may be used as part of your treatment to reduce the risk of primary breast cancer spreading and your bones weakening or breaking.

Some breast cancer treatments will cause side effects.

Clinical trials are research studies that look at different aspects of patient care.

You will continue to be monitored after your hospital-based treatments (such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy) finish. This is known as follow-up.