Diagnosis & Treatment

Choosing Your Breast Cancer Treatment

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  • Adena Regional Medical Center

Every woman is different, and breast cancer is a very personal experience. Treatment is about eradicating the cancer as well as about your lifestyle and your choices.

Some cancers have one clear treatment option. But depending on the type and stage of your cancer (or how advanced it is), there may be more than one effective way to treat the cancer. And that choice is yours. At the Adena Cancer Center, a team that includes a patient navigator, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist and surgeon, customizes your treatment plan to fit your needs and desires.

Some women, for example, may have a choice between a surgery to remove the lump (called a lumpectomy) and radiation and chemotherapy. In other cases, women could choose to surgically remove the entire breast (called a mastectomy), or they may choose a lumpectomy followed by radiation or chemotherapy.

When you meet with your care team, your oncologists will explain the options as well as the benefits and risks of each treatment plan. Then, you can make the choice that’s right for you. Ask yourself questions like:

  • Is it important to me to preserve as much breast tissue as possible?
  • Can I tolerate the potential side effects of radiation or chemotherapy?
  • Do I have a genetic risk?
  • How easy is it for me to get to the hospital for regular radiation or chemotherapy appointments?

Whatever your decision, your Adena team will not only stand by you but we’ll make sure you have the ongoing information and support you need to achieve the best possible outcome. Our patient navigator will help you understand each step in the process, help you schedule appointments, and help you access support services through Adena and your community.

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