Treating secondary breast cancer and what to expect

  • Making treatment decisions

    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.

  • Hormonal therapies

    Some cancers depend on hormones to grow. Find out about different hormonal therapies and how they work.

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat cancer. It can be given in different ways and will be carefully planned.

  • Radiotherapy

    Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays, usually x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons) to treat cancer.

  • Supportive and other treatments

    These treatments will help to reduce symptoms and the risk of certain complications. They also help you to feel better.

  • Targeted and biological therapies

    Targeted (biological) therapies can change cells to treat cancer.

  • Surgery

    Surgery involves removing all or part of the cancer with an operation. It is an important treatment for many cancers.

  • After treatment

    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.

  • Clinical trials

    Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.

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with and after secondary breast cancer treatment


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