Medical oncology is where some of the greatest advances in survivorship are happening. Today’s systemic treatments for breast cancer are so much more than chemotherapy.
For many women chemotherapy can be avoided with a variety of hormonal approaches. We are using targeted treatments to defeat breast cancer at its very core – the molecular level.
Today’s chemotherapy drugs are more effective than ever before. Most chemotherapy regimens have fewer side effects, and if side effects do occur, we have treatments to help manage them.
Hormone therapies can block the body’s ability to produce estrogen and progesterone, which can slow or stop the growth of hormone receptor-positive breast cancers. Some of the most significant advances in breast cancer treatment over the past three decades have involved the discovery and application of increasingly more effective hormonal treatments.
Molecular-targeted cancer therapies are drugs or other substances that block the spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules involved in tumor growth.
Immunotherapy for breast cancer involves the use of substances made either in the human body or in a laboratory to boost the body’s immune system. The goal is to stimulate your body’s immune system to fight against your particular type of cancer.