Breast Cancer Treatment
Due to recent developments in breast cancer treatment, patients have a number of options that can help them lead healthy and productive lives. At Moffitt Cancer Center, we take a comprehensive, multispecialty approach to treatment. We offer a complete range of treatment options, along with innovative clinical trials – in a single convenient location. What’s more, every patient’s treatment plan is created and carried out not just by one general oncologist, but by a collaborative team of oncology specialists who focus exclusively on treating breast cancer. Each patient’s case will be reviewed by the members of our tumor board, who make evidence-based suggestions that offer the most promise for each scenario.
Most treatment plans include one or more of the following:
- Surgery – Surgery is used to remove as much of the tumor and as many of the affected lymph nodes as possible. Mastectomies and lumpectomies are common breast cancer operations, although nipple-sparing and minimally-invasive procedures may also be suggested. At Moffitt, we also offer breast reconstruction surgeries, autologous tissue transfers, and microsugeries for patients who undergo a breast cancer operation. Our expert surgeons also perform axillary node dissection and sentinel node mapping and biopsy, which may help certain patients avoid more radical operations.
- Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy works by destroying rapidly-dividing cancer cells and is often given before or after surgery. Patients may receive several multi-session cycles as part of their breast cancer treatment. Moffitt’s oncologists specializing in breast cancer treatments are fertility experts and can make it possible for women to receive carefully-timed chemotherapy while pregnant or while retaining fertility for future childbearing.
- Radiation therapy – Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to destroy breast cancer cells. Radiation may be delivered to the whole breast or a small part of the breast, or intraoperative radiotherapy may be directed toward the immediate area surrounding the tumor during surgery using an advanced system known as INTRABEAM® Radiation Radiotherapy.
- Hormone/endocrine therapy – 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.
- Targeted therapy – Targeted drugs can be used to address breast cancer cells with a certain genetic makeup, such as the HER2/neu protein.
If you’re interested in receiving breast cancer treatment at Moffitt, you don’t need to have your physician write you a referral. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our new patient registration form and we'll help you make an appointment with one of our experienced breast cancer specialists.