Going through treatment for breast cancer

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.

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

Chemotherapy is a treatment using anti-cancer (also called cytotoxic) drugs. 

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

Hormone therapies can be used to block the effect of oestrogen on cancer cells.

Targeted 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. 

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