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Breast Cancer Treatments

From advanced surgical care to innovative clinical trials, we tailor your breast cancer treatment to you.
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Helping you fight breast cancer better

When you’re facing breast cancer, our complete network of cancer care services in Central and North Texas gives you access to breast cancer treatment options at a location convenient for you. With a holistic approach to treatment and customized care plans, we help you fight breast cancer on your terms.

Because we know breast cancer treatment can be complex, our team is here to help you understand your care. We arm you with the knowledge you need to navigate treatment, recovery and beyond.

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Types of breast cancer treatment

Your team of multiple specialists will create a breast cancer treatment plan for you. Depending on many factors, you may have one or many of the following treatment options to care for your breast cancer.

  • Breast-conserving Surgery (BCS)
  • Quimioterapia
  • Genetic Counseling and Testing
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Immunotherapy/Targeted Therapy
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Modified Radical Mastectomy
  • El manejo del dolor
  • Terapia de radiación
  • Simple or Total Mastectomy

Breast-conserving Surgery (BCS)

If you have early-stage breast cancer, breast-conserving surgery (BCS) is often an option. BCS is also sometimes called a lumpectomy. Instead of removing all of the breast, this type of surgery only removes your cancer and the tissues around it.

If your tumor is large or you have multiple areas of cancer in your breast, BCS may not be the right treatment for you.

Quimioterapia

Chemotherapy uses drugs to fight your specific type of breast cancer. There are several chemo options for breast cancer. So your team will decide the right drug or combination of drugs for you. Some chemo options work better for those with earlier stages of cancer. Others are available to treat breast cancer that has spread in the body.

Genetic Counseling and Testing

For some types of breast cancer, genetic testing and counseling is a helpful tool. If you have a personal or family history of breast cancer, testing helps your team understand how your genes are related to your cancer. This can guide your treatment choices.

Asesoramiento genetico

Hormone Therapy

For some types of breast cancer, hormones in your body make them grow more quickly. This is known as hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. Hormone therapy works to block the effects of hormones and prevent cancer from growing.

There are several types of hormone therapy. Some may reduce hormone production in your entire body. Others block hormones from reaching receptors on cancer cells.

Immunotherapy/Targeted Therapy

Immunotherapy, as opposed to chemotherapy, stimulates your own immune system to fight against your cancer, and now some immunotherapy agents are approved in the treatment of breast cancer patients.

Targeted therapies are monoclonal antibodies or small molecule inhibitors against specific markers or proteins that your tumor may over-express. These agents can be effective in fighting cancer and controlling the tumor, offering fewer side effects than chemo.

Your medical team will decide if you are a candidate for immunotherapy or targeted agents.

Lumpectomy

A lumpectomy is also called breast-conserving surgery (BCS). As its name suggests, this surgery only removes the “lump” or tumor in your breast and some of the tissue nearby.

Typically, a lumpectomy is only an option for breast cancer in its earliest stages. Often, you’ll have radiation therapy too.

Mastectomy

Mastectomy is a surgery that removes one or both breasts entirely. You may choose this option as a way to treat breast cancer. But it also reduces the chance of breast cancer coming back.

In some cases, your surgeon will remove other tissues around the breast at the same time, such as lymph nodes. The exact type of mastectomy you have depends on your type of breast cancer.

Modified Radical Mastectomy

A modified radical mastectomy includes the removal of other tissues along with your breast. Typically, this includes the lymph nodes under your arm. It’s often an option when you have cancer that has only spread to the lymph nodes.

Advanced breast cancers may require a traditional radical mastectomy. A traditional approach removes even more tissue than a modified one.

El manejo del dolor

Our pain management programs help you cope with pain during treatment. Some pain is caused by your breast cancer. Other times, you may have pain due to the side effects of a breast cancer treatment. Pain management specialists work with your breast cancer team to include pain services in your complete plan of care.

Pain management services

Terapia de radiación

Many people with breast cancer have radiation together with other treatments. This type of therapy targets breast cancer cells with high-energy radiation.

You may have external beam radiation for breast cancer. It provides radiation using a machine outside the body. Or you may have internal radiation. It places tiny radioactive seeds directly inside the area of cancer in your breast.

Simple or Total Mastectomy

Simple and total mastectomy are names for the same surgery. This surgery removes all of your breast tissue, nipple, areola and skin. At the same time, it leaves most of the tissue around your breast in place. You can have a total mastectomy on one or both breasts.

Support before, during and after cancer treatment

We offer many ways to treat the physical effects of cancer. But you deserve care that supports every aspect of your well-being. Our patient navigators not only guide you through the breast cancer treatment process. They can also connect you with emotional and social resources for your entire cancer care journey.

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  • Clinical trials for breast cancer

    When it comes to advancing breast cancer treatment, we never settle. Through Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, we offer innovative research aimed at finding even better ways to care for breast cancer.

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