October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today, about 1 of 8 women in the United States is unfortunately expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Throughout October, members of the Rochester Regional Health Breast Care team will provide information in our monthly Q&A series to help you take a few important steps that can significantly improve your odds of enjoying a lifetime of good health.
Robin Reid, MD
Rochester Regional Health
Q: What types of treatments are there?
A: If you or a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer, don’t panic. With today’s state-of-the art treatments, there’s an excellent chance of surviving the disease. Once diagnosed, be sure to quickly seek out treatment with a team of compassionate, knowledgeable caregivers that you trust.
There are several ways to treat breast cancer, depending on its type and stage. Some of the more common treatments include: surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy. It is not uncommon to get more than one type of treatment.
It is important to discuss your treatment options with your treatment team. When discussing these options, be sure and ask about the goal of a particular treatment and any possible side effects. Discussing this with your doctor will help you make the decision that best fits your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when your doctor discusses treatment options with you. Some questions you might want to ask include:
Don’t be afraid to take notes and tell the doctors or nurses when you don’t understand what they’re saying.
The Rochester General Health Breast Center is one of the highest volume breast centers in New York State and is a Center of Excellence in cancer care. Our goals are to: Provide patient focused state-of-the-art comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary care in a compassionate and supportive environment, maintain excellence through supporting oncology clinical research, and serve as a community resource for referring and treating physicians as well as patients and their families. For more information, visit our website.
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