In cancer treatment, the use of drugs or a combination of drugs may be used to help kill the cancer cells, this is called chemotherapy. A medical oncologist will work with the breast surgeons and breast radiologists to determine if certain drugs should be used in treatment. The medical oncologist may advise the use of drugs in addition to, but not in place of surgery and/or radiation therapy.
The Center’s medical oncologists use a team approach when treating breast cancer with chemotherapy, bringing patients the best chance of survival.
Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy X-rays or electron beams to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation is a local treatment aimed directly at the affected breast and damages the chromosomes in the cell so that they cannot multiply.
Cleveland Clinic's radiotherapy specialists care for more patients than any other cancer center in Ohio. Cutting edge technologies, dedication to research and education and strong focus on patient care provide better outcomes and experiences for patients.
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Breast surgery involves removing the cancerous portion of the breast and an area of normal tissue surrounding the cancer. Usually, six weeks of radiation therapy is then used to treat the remaining breast tissue. Most women who have a small, early-stage tumor are excellent candidates for this approach.