Personalized Treatments for Most Types of Breast Cancer
Upon diagnosis, our board-certified oncologists determine a patient’s breast cancer treatment options based on the following:
- Cancer stage
- Patient’s overall health
- Patient’s personal treatment preferences
- Type of breast cancer including hormone receptor and HER2 expression and tumor grade
Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Tumor Board
Our multidisciplinary breast cancer care team considers each patient with a diagnosis of breast cancer to be a unique person who deserves a carefully thought-out, personalized treatment plan using the latest medical advancements. Before treatment is confirmed, each case is presented at a multidisciplinary breast cancer tumor board meeting at UH Seidman Cancer Center.
Our team of clinicians makes a consensus recommendation for the best treatment options for each patient, following the latest national care guidelines, and encourage patients to enroll in relevant clinical trials to take advantage of the latest novel therapies.
It is our goal to keep the lines of communication open throughout the treatment process. Our breast cancer team provides the referring physician with all operative and treatment reports.
Leading-Edge Breast Cancer Treatments
Most women undergo surgery for breast cancer and may also receive other treatments such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, anti-hormone therapy or radiation therapy.
For many women, chemotherapy after or before breast cancer surgery is necessary to reduce the risk of recurrence. Chemotherapy consists of drugs given intravenously (through the vein). Patients are carefully monitored for safety during treatment. Some cancers are more effectively treated with the addition of antibody treatment employing less toxic immune approaches. Nutritional counseling and psychosocial support to ease the burden of treatment is routinely offered. When patients have a risk for heart damage from treatment, specialized oncocardiologists trained to care for cancer patients often become involved in a patient’s care. Young women with concerns about fertility after treatment may be referred to the Oncofertility Program at UH Seidman Cancer Center.
Radiation to the remaining breast or the chest wall (after mastectomy) is also an important part of treatment for many breast cancer patients. Care for patients continues after breast cancer surgery, with many women choosing to undergo breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.
Many women have breast cancers whose testing shows them to be estrogen receptor positive. These patients benefit greatly from hormonal treatment to block or reduce estrogen, preventing this hormone from stimulating residual breast cancer cells. These anti-estrogens are prescribed by UH Seidman Cancer Center medical oncologists, who carefully choose the medicine with the most benefit and fewest side effects for each individual patient.
The treatment plan is personalized for each patient and the stage of disease, and utilizes the latest medical knowledge and available clinical trials.