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

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    If you have surgery to your breasts you might consider breast reconstruction. There are different types, with different benefits and risks.

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Decisions about treatment

Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. Having the right information will help you make the right decision for you.


Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat many different types of cancer. It is most commonly given as an injection into a vein or as tablets or capsules.


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

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.

Life after cancer treatment

You have regular check-ups and mammograms after treatment. Your nurse will advise you on managing the different effects of treatment.