Breast cancer therapy -
treating breast cancer
Mastocarcinoma or breast cancer is one of the most common cancers, but not the most dangerous by far. Breast cancer can be treated. In many cases, breast cancer can even be cured. The earlier it is detected, the better the chances are in this respect. The arsenal of medicine includes surgical procedures, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and various medicative follow-up treatments to prevent relapses.
The treatment of breast cancer never follows a set routing according to fixed schemata. The treatment therapy must take into account many diverse factors, from the type and location of the tumour to the stage of the disease, the age of the patient and their life situation. This is the great advantage of competence centres such as the Centre for Breast Health of the Wiener Privatklinik: It offers highly competent specialists for each area of diagnosis and treatment, who can define the most promising treatment strategies in close cooperation.
In general, the following may be said of breast cancer treatment: If the breast cancer is confined to the breast or the lymph nodes in the area of the armpit, the treatment consists of an operation, radiation therapy and, in case of an increased risk of relapse, follow-up treatment with anti-hormonal medication and/or modern chemotherapy.
With regard to breast cancer surgery, breast conserving surgery is regarded as the standard. Only in case of an unfavourable relationship between breast and tumour size, and in case of advanced tumours, may it be necessary to either completely remove the breast and, if need be, reconstruct through cosmetic surgery, or reduce the size of the tumour through chemotherapy before the operation so that breast conserving surgery is possible. Radiation therapy is carried out to prevent relapses, especially after breast conserving surgery. In case of hormone-related forms of breast cancer, the tumour cells are deprived of the driving force of growth through hormone blockade medication to prevent relapses. In case of an increased risk of relapse, chemotherapy is applied. Chemotherapy is now a much less frightening prospect. Previously major side effects such as nausea are only a problem in rare cases thanks to modern concurrent medication.
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