There are many different treatments for breast cancer.
The treatment that you receive depends on a variety of factors, such as where your cancer is located and how large the tumour is, if it has spread, what your treatment preferences are, and your fitness and general health.
The main types of treatments for breast cancer are surgery (which includes removing either the cancerous lump within the breast or the entire breast), hormone therapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapies.
You may have heard of two of the more common forms of cancer treatment, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. It’s typically provided on an outpatient basis at a day hospital and works by destroying all rapidly dividing cells. However, some healthy cells are also damaged which causes many of the more common side effects of chemotherapy (such as hair loss, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, diarrhoea or constipation and loss of appetite).