Hormone therapy for breast cancer is one line of defense in the vast tool kit for treatment.
It’s used for hormone receptor-positive cancers, which are actually the most common types of breast cancers. When a tumor is “hormone receptor-positive,” it means that a pathologist has run special tests on the cancer to determine that it is positive for either the estrogen and/or progesterone receptor.
When a certain type of cancer tests positive for being hormone-receptive, it means that the cancer needs the hormones estrogen and/or progesterone to grow.
Your doctor will then determine what type of treatment is best for your type of cancer.
Hormone therapies are used to treat hormone receptor-positive cancers, which are the most common breast cancers. We realize this type of language can be super confusing for patients, so we asked top doctors to explain the different types of hormone therapies.
A mastectomy involves removing the breast – a treatment route many patients with breast cancer feel they will have no choice but to undergo. But it’s not the only surgical option.
When Should You Consider a Mastectomy?
What is Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy?
Lumpectomy or Mastectomy?
Prophylactic Mastectomy For High-Risk Women
How to Choose a Surgeon – Does Volume Matter?
Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer
What is Tamoxifen?
Hormone Therapies for Breast Cancer: Aromatase Inhibitor
Verzenio Is Significant-- Cuts The Risk of Cancer Coming Back In Some Women With Early Breast Cancer-- A First For CDK4/6 Inhibitors
What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?
Treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment for Early Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment Sequence for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment Options for Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment Options
For patients who do have to have their breasts or a piece of their breasts removed, there are a number of surgical reconstruction options available.
Breast Reconstruction: Regaining Your Sense of Self
Implant Reconstruction After a Mastectomy: The Options
The Last Frontier: Restoring Sensation After Mastectomy
Breast Reconstruction: Implants vs. Your Own Tissue
Saline vs. Silicone Implants