Triple negative breast cancer is often treated with a combination of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. The multispecialty team in the Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, offers the latest advances in breast cancer treatment. We determine the best approach for each patient through a highly collaborative process. For these reasons and more, Moffitt is a source of hope to many people who are diagnosed with breast cancer, including those who have triple negative breast cancer.
When diagnosing breast cancer, the experts at Moffitt in Tampa, Florida, look for three specific proteins: estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). These proteins can cause breast cancer to grow, and therefore are often targeted with hormonal therapies. Because triple negative breast cancer lacks these receptors, hormonal treatment options are somewhat limited, but the receptors (or absence thereof) generally have no impact on the effectiveness of radiation therapy, chemotherapy or surgery.
After a lumpectomy or other surgical procedure is performed to treat triple negative breast cancer, radiation therapy may be recommended to destroy any remaining cancer cells and help prevent a recurrence. Some of the radiation delivery methods available at Moffitt include:
- Standard radiation treatment – Three-dimensional computerized radiation therapy (3D CRT) or intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) may be delivered once a day, five days a week over the course of approximately five to seven weeks.
- Accelerated radiation treatment – Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using high doses of external beam or internal radiation therapy can sometimes be completed within a single week.
- INTRABEAM® intraoperative radiotherapy — Radiation therapy is administered while a lumpectomy procedure is being performed.
While Moffitt has state-of-the-art radiation delivery equipment, it is the expertise of our staff that truly sets us apart from other cancer centers. Our highly skilled and experienced team of radiation oncologists administer radiation therapy with an exceptional level of precision. Additionally, our patients have convenient access to all types of radiation treatment at all of our locations in the Tampa, FL, area.
If you’d like to learn more about radiation therapy and other treatment options for triple negative breast cancer, you are welcome to consult with an oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our new patient registration form online to request an appointment. We do not require referrals.