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The following are treatment options for stage II breast cancer. The types of treatments given are based on the unique needs of the woman with cancer.
Invasive ductal and invasive lobular carcinomas are treated the same way. Stage IIA and stage IIB breast cancers are also treated the same way.
Surgery is the primary treatment for stage II breast cancer. The types of surgery are:
The risk for breast cancer recurrence will influence the type of adjuvant therapy offered after surgery for stage II breast cancer. These treatments may be used alone or in combination to reduce the chance of breast cancer recurrence and improve survival. Adjuvant therapy is often started 4–12 weeks after breast cancer surgery.
External beam radiation therapy is almost always offered after BCS for stage II breast cancer.
Radiation therapy may also be offered after a mastectomy if:
Chemotherapy may be offered to women with stage II breast cancer who:
Chemotherapy for breast cancer is not usually given as a single drug. Drugs are more commonly used in combination with one another because this has been shown to be more effective.
The most common chemotherapy combinations used to treat stage II breast cancer are:
For more detailed information on specific drugs, go to sources of drug information.
Hormonal therapy may be offered to women who have stage II breast cancer that is hormone receptor–positive (ER+, PR+ or both).
The types of hormonal therapy offered for stage II breast cancer are:
Women with HER2-positive stage II breast cancer may also be offered treatment with trastuzumab (Herceptin). It may be given with the chemotherapy, or immediately after completing chemotherapy.
Women with breast cancer may be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. For more information, go to clinical trials.
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