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 usually the first treatment for breast cancer, although sometimes chemotherapy or hormone therapy is offered first.

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. 

Some breast cancer treatments can cause side effects.

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

At the end of your treatments, your specialist team will continue to check how you are recovering both physically and emotionally.

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