After you have been diagnosed with primary breast cancer, your specialist team will discuss your treatment options with you and their possible side effects. These pages can help support you with more information about your treatment options. You can also download this simple summary to find out more about the treatment team and what will happen. Radiotherapy is a treatment for cancer that uses carefully measured and controlled high energy x-rays.
The list includes generic and brand names. This page also lists common drug combinations used in breast cancer. The individual drugs in the combinations are FDA-approved. However, the drug combinations themselves usually are not approved, although they are widely used. There may be drugs used in breast cancer that are not listed here.
Breast cancer is defined as Stage 1 when it's evident but confined solely to the area where abnormal cell division began—in other words, it's growing but hasn't spread. Stage 1 cancer is subdivided into Stages 1A and 1B. When detected at this early stage, treatment is usually very effective and the prognosis for is good. Understanding what a stage 1 tumor is, what treatment options you have, and your prognosis can help empower you and calm your fears. Stage 1 breast cancer is the earliest stage of what's considered invasive breast cancer.
Back to Breast cancer in women. You may have one of these treatments, or a combination. The type or combination of treatments you have will depend on how the cancer was diagnosed and the stage it's at. Breast cancer diagnosed at screening may be at an early stage, but breast cancer diagnosed when you have symptoms may be at a later stage and require a different treatment.