Treatment of breast cancer:
Breast cancer treatment is very organized, it mainly depends upon the stage of the disease. It can be either surgery initially followed by chemotherapy and radiation depending upon breast cancer stage. Sometimes in very huge tumor one has to give chemotherapy before surgery to downsize the tumor. Further evolution in treatment of breast has helped to give hormonal therapy for 10 years in receptor positive patients. This therapy has shown to be effective in preventing re-occurrence in ipsilateral as well as contralateral breast cancer.
Breast cancer surgery:
Surgical treatment of breast cancer depends upon the size of the tumor as well as the relative size of the breast to that of the tumor. It can be either breast conservation surgery where tumor along with part of breast tissue is removed or else it can be mastectomy where complete breast tissue is removed. Now with advent of giving chemotherapy to reduce the size of tumor lot of women are undergoing breast conservation even in advanced stage.
Survival in breast cancer:
Survival largely depends upon the breast cancer stage. Early stage i.e tumor confined to breast and only single axillary node positive have good survival with patients living more than five years in upto 85% of cases. Locally advanced are those with very large tumors or with multiple axillary lymph node with breast cancer metastasis. These pts have overall poor survival. Less than 5% of individuals present with tumor spread t multiple different organs like lungs, bones and liver they have the worst survival.