Know the Options After Breast Cancer Surgery Options after surgery.

What are post-surgery treatments?

You might hear your care team talk about adjuvant treatment, which is also called treatment after surgery. Post-surgery treatment can be radiation therapy in just the area of the cancer (called local therapy). Another post-surgery option is a type of systemic therapy (treatment that affects your whole body to help fight cancer). Your care team may choose a systemic therapy based on how it works for your breast cancer type.

The type of post-surgery treatment used and the chances of success can depend on how your body responded to pre-surgery treatment, if given, and surgery.

The post-surgery recommendation may also be based on the breast cancer type — HR+, HER2+, TNBC, and others. Certain types of breast cancer respond differently to the options available. Talk to your care team to decide what’s right for you.

The type of post-surgery treatment used and the chances of success can depend on how your body responded to pre‑surgery treatment, if given, and surgery.

Possible benefits of post-surgery treatment

Some benefits of post-surgery treatment are similar to pre-surgery treatment: it may lower the risk that the cancer will come back, and it destroys remaining cancer cells in your body before they spread.

Possible risks of post-surgery treatment

Post-surgery treatment does not work for everyone. It is possible that the breast cancer will continue to grow. There’s always a chance the cancer could come back, even with pre-surgery treatment, surgery, and post-surgery treatments. Your care team will make a follow-up plan for you if needed.

Each therapy option comes with its own set of risks and benefits to consider before making a post-surgery treatment choice. That’s why it’s so important to talk to your care team. If you plan to get pregnant, talk to your doctor about fertility before starting treatment.

Post-surgery treatment may lower the risk that the cancer will come back, and it destroys remaining cancer cells in your body before they spread.
Post-surgery Breast Cancer Treatment may be an Option

Post-surgery treatment may be an option if you:

  • Have stage 1, 2, or 3 breast cancer
  • Have TNBC, or if your breast cancer is HER2+ or HR+
  • Received pre-surgery treatment
  • Had cancer found in your lymph nodes
  • Have a risk of cancer coming back (determined by your care team)
  • Want another chance to treat the cancer after surgery, if cancer still remains in your body

Who should you talk to?

If you’re considering a certain type of post-surgery treatment and want to know, “What does this option mean for me and my treatment plan?”, start by talking to the experts on your care team.

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