There are a number of treatment options depending on the type and stage of your breast cancer, and your own needs.
Some treatments include;
- Surgery – can either be breast-conserving surgery such as a lumpectomy (removal of the lump within the breast tissue) or a mastectomy (removal of the entire breast). To find out if the breast cancer has spread to axillary (underarm) lymph nodes, one or more of these lymph nodes will be removed and looked at under the microscope. This is an important part of figuring out the stage (extent) of the cancer. Lymph nodes may be removed either as part of the surgery to remove the breast cancer or as a separate operation.7
- Radiation therapy – uses high-energy particles (such as X-rays) to destroy cancer cells. There are two main types of radiation therapy to treat breast cancer:8
- External beam radiation – is the most common form of radiation therapy and uses a machine which emits radiation to the affected area.
- Internal radiation – is where a radioactive substance is inserted into the breast tissue for a short period of time to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH)
Icon offer an innovative technique for left-sided breast cancer patients called Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH). DIBH reduces the potential impact of radiation on the heart.
The process involves holding a certain number of breaths for short bursts during treatment which allows the heart to move backwards into the chest while the breast is exposed to radiation.
Read more about Deep Inspiration Breath Hold
- Chemotherapy – involves the use of anti-cancer drugs. They can be given orally (by mouth) or injected into the body.9
- Hormone Therapy – is a form of therapy that can target any cancer cells within the body.9 Depending on the type of breast cancer, hormone therapy may not be suitable for all women.9
- Targeted Therapy – is a more individualised type of therapy which focuses specifically on treating the patients’ type of cancer, with a focus on targeting cancer cells, and not healthy cells.19
Treatment at Icon
Icon centres offer a range of breast cancer treatments to ensure a personalised treatment plan for every patient. Treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapies and access to clinical trials.
Visit our treatments page to find out more information about the range of treatment methods and technology available at Icon
Our research centre at Icon offers Australia the largest private clinical trials program in cancer research, with over 35 clinical trials currently open for recruitment.
Clinical trials specific to breast cancer research can be found here.
ICON’s collaborative approach to clinical trial research not only enables continual advancement and breakthroughs in breast cancer research, but also ensures the most up to date treatment options are available to all patients regardless of health insurance.
Our specialists utilise the latest technology and techniques to diagnose and treat breast cancer. Icon centres offer a range of breast cancer treatments to ensure a personalised treatment plan for every patient. Treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies and access to clinical trials.