According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer among all women. Unfortunately, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to treating this condition. Many different factors come into play, and these include things such as the specific type of breast cancer, how far the disease has progressed, potential side effects of treatment, and the personal wishes of the patient. Thankfully, modern medicine has given us numerous tools and procedures that can effectively balance all of these factors against one another to ensure the best treatment outcomes possible.
Here is a look at the best and most widely used ways to treat breast cancer.
In some cases of breast cancer, cell growth in tumors is amplified by the presence of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. In this case, it's known as hormone-dependent cancer. These tumors produce proteins known as hormone receptors that bind the hormones to themselves and encourage growth. For patients dealing with hormone-dependent breast cancer, hormonal therapy can be an effective way to fight the growth of tumors. This treatment involves the use of medications, either taken as a pill or injected, that block the body's production of progesterone and estrogen, or prevent tumors from binding to these hormones. In addition to treating breast cancer, hormonal therapy has also shown promise as a way to prevent the disease in women considered high risk.
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