Breast Cancer Treatment

http://youtu.be/PLIpavhxmYk To find out more about what breast cancer is then visit: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/type/breast-cancer/ Watch more videos about breast cancer support at the end of this video. If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, how do you know what treatment options are available and which are right for you. Professor Charles Coombes talks through how breast cancer can be treated. The type of treatment a person needs is based on the size of the breast cancer and the tests which are done to establish what type of breast cancer it is. Treatment for breast cancer can take several forms: • Surgery • Drug treatment – chemotherapy or anti-hormonal • Other therapies – antibodies or receptor targeted therapies Surgery can take two forms either a wide excision (removing the lump) or a mastectomy (removing the whole breast). Radiotherapy is another form of treatment which is normally given following surgery to destroy cancer cells through the use of high-energy radiation. Chemotherapy is another form of treatment which is given every three weeks by injection. The drugs are injected into the bloodstream over the course of an hour. The side effects of this treatment are usually sickness and hair loss but there are things that can be done to mitigate these side effects. Hormone treatment blocks the hormones or stop them being made because oestrogen in a women's body that can drive the breast cancer cells to divide. If you need further information on any of the forms of treatment discussed in this video, visit http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/breast-cancer/treatment/