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Treating secondary breast cancer and what to expect
Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. It can be difficult to make a decision, but information and support will help.
Some cancers depend on hormones to grow. Find out about different hormonal therapies and how they work.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat cancer. It can be given in different ways and will be carefully planned.
Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays, usually x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons) to treat cancer.
These treatments will help to reduce symptoms and the risk of certain complications. They also help you to feel better.
Targeted (biological) therapies can change cells to treat cancer.
Surgery involves removing all or part of the cancer with an operation. It is an important treatment for many cancers.
After treatment you’ll be seen regularly by your cancer specialists who will monitor your response to the treatment and any symptoms you might have.
Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.
and what it is
the symptoms, causes and risk factors of secondary breast cancer
the practical, work and financial side
with and after secondary breast cancer treatment
and publications to order, download and print
Order booklets, audio CDs and DVDs about cancer treatments. Knowing what to expect could help you cope with any possible side effects.
There's a lot to take in. If you're having cancer treatment you might be feeling a range of emotions. You're not alone.
You don't have to climb mountains to give something back. For example, we need people affected by cancer to review our booklets, from home, in their own time. Find out more.
What's happening near you? Find out about support groups, where to get information and how to get involved with Macmillan where you are.
Read about Caroline's life after breast cancer. She talks about how reconstructive surgery helped her regain confidence in her body. She now associates her scars with defiance not defeat.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK. Men can also develop breast cancer, although this is rare. This group is for anyone affected by breast cancer to get together, ask questions, share experiences and support each other.
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