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Treatment

I read quite a bit about breast cancer before I saw the oncologist. I felt as though I understood the main issues and that I was able to participate in making decisions about my treatment with my doctor.Heather

Learning about breast cancer and its treatment is a good way to feel more in control of your situation. It may also prepare you for discussions with your doctors.

Breast cancer is treated in different ways. Your specialists will talk to you about which options are best suited to your individual needs. Remember that your situation is unique and your treatment may be different from that of other people.

Breast cancer treatments

There are a number of treatment options for breast cancer. These include:

Tips:

The following tips aim to help you work through your treatment options.

  • Read information before your appointment so you are prepared for what your doctors might discuss with you. It will also help you prepare questions you might want to ask them.
  • Talking to others who have been diagnosed with breast cancer can also help. You might find that they have a good understanding of what you’re going through.
  • Choose how much information you want. Every woman’s needs are different and it’s up to you to decide how much you want to know ahead of time.
  • Read Cancer Australia’s Guide for women with early breast cancer. It’s included in the My Journey Kit and includes questions you might like to ask your doctor.
  • Let your doctor know how you’re feeling so he or she can help you with any side effects.

Getting through breast cancer treatment

Australian women share their experiences of getting through treatment for breast cancer below. They talk about how they managed and how the emotional and practical support of their family and friends helped them feel more in control and less alone.

More information

If you would like more information on breast cancer treatment, you might like to consider the following resources: