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People who are diagnosed with breast cancer get different types of treatment depending on the type of cancer and whether it has spread to other parts of their body.

What are the treatments for breast cancer?

If you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, your doctor will talk with you about your treatment options.

Sometimes people get more than 1 type of treatment. It depends on what type of breast cancer you have and how far it’s spread. Here are some common types of treatment:

  • surgery — a doctor removes the tumor from your breast

  • chemotherapy — medicine that fights cancer

  • radiation therapy — high-energy rays (like X-rays) that kill cancer cells

  • hormone therapy — medicine that blocks estrogen and keeps cancer cells from growing

  • Biological therapy — works with your immune system to fight cancer

Where can I get more information?

You can learn more about breast cancer and treatment options from the American Cancer Society or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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