Breast Cancer Treatments

Are you confused by the options?

We will help you with the basics, so you feel confident moving forward.

Local Treatments

These treatments are used to treat cancer where it is located without affecting the rest of the body. This category of treatment is usually used in earlier stage cancer, before it spreads.


This treatment is used to physically remove cancer from the breast. A lumpectomy is when only the cancer and tissues around it is removed. A mastectomy is when the entire breast is removed. Often, lymph nodes or other surrounding tissue are removed as well to ensure the surgery’s success in ridding the body of cancer.


High-energy waves are specifically targeted at an area to kill cancer cells. *Surgery and radiation are often used in combination.

Drug Treatments

These treatments are used to treat cancer that is not necessarily in one place, but perhaps in multiple places in the body.


Strong cancer-fighting drugs.

Hormone Therapy

Drugs used to block hormones from helping cancer to grow.

Targeted Therapy

Drugs that target cells which grow too fast by using the body’s immune system. *Because of the complexity of breast cancer and the many types, treatment is very individualized and varies from person to person. It is common to receive more than one type of treatment for cancer. You should talk to a professional about treatment options specific to your case

Useful Websites:

American Cancer Society/How Is Breast Cancer Treated?

National Cancer Institute/Breast Cancer Treatment (Patient Version)

Susan G. Komen/Treatment By Breast Cancer Stage

Videos to Watch:

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Survivorship Care - What It Is & Why It's Needed

Dr. Mary Kathryn Rodrigue discusses the importance of a health care summary of your cancer treatment and working with medical professionals to stay organized and on top of your care.

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Louisiana's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Louisiana, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveDAT is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveDAT's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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