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Your breast cancer treatment options

  • Our patients work with their care team to develop a breast cancer treatment plan. The plan addresses the unique medical concerns, treatment options and preferences of each patient.

    Facing a breast cancer diagnosis is difficult. That is why we encourage women to ask many questions - and even get second opinions - about their breast care.

  • Breast cancer treatments

    These options may be a part of your breast cancer treatment plan.

    expand to learn moreSurgery

    expand to learn moreChemotherapy

    expand to learn moreRadiation therapy

    expand to learn moreHormone therapy

  • Source: American Cancer Society, Breast cancer hormone therapy; Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
    Reviewed by: Timothy Sielaff, MD, PhD, FACS, president, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute; Carol Bergen, RN, manager, Piper Breast Center; Deborah Day, MD, medical director, Piper Breast Center; Tamera Lillemoe, MD, pathologist
    First published: 08/25/2009
    Last reviewed: 08/25/2009

  • A lymphedema therapist wraps a woman's arm with bandages. Compression therapy is a common treatment for lyphedema.

    How to deal with menopausal symptoms

    Your breast cancer treatment may cause you to have hot flashes, vaginal dryness, headaches, depression or insomnia.

    Cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema therapy

    During or after breast cancer treatment, you may feel symptoms that interfere with daily life. Our cancer rehabilitation team can help.

    Cancer research

    Participating in a clinical trial may help you take a more active role in your health care. You may also gain access to new drugs, treatments and disease management practices.