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Getting Care for Breast Cancer

There are many treatment choices for breast cancer. It's important to find the best treatment for you.

Your choices depend on many things, including:

  • Your type of breast cancer
  • What stage your cancer is in
  • Whether the cancer cells react to hormones
  • Your overall health
  • Your own preferences

There are many choices for breast cancer treatment. Most women have surgery for breast cancer. Then they get more treatment, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation.

Before making a decision, it's good to:

  • Get a second opinion from a specialist in a breast center or clinic
  • Talk to other women who have faced the same choices

It's important to talk with your health care provider. Together you can find the best treatment for you.

Page text updated March 14, 2014.

Note:
The information on this page was compiled by the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) U.S. Preventive Task Force, American Cancer Society, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National Breast Cancer Foundation, National Cancer Institute, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Mayo Clinic. This information summarizes core care elements appropriate to most adult women.  This information should not be construed as representing standards of care nor as a substitute for individualized evaluation and treatment on clinical circumstances by a qualified health care professional. Please see our disclaimer.

For more information about this complex health issue, please see the Breast Cancer Links page for resources and sources of information.

An initiative of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional funding provided by HealthInsight New Mexico