After you have been diagnosed with primary breast cancer, your specialist team will discuss your treatment options with you and their possible side effects. These pages can help support you with more information about your treatment options. You can also download this simple summary to find out more about the treatment team and what will happen. Radiotherapy is a treatment for cancer that uses carefully measured and controlled high energy x-rays. Bisphosphonates may be used as part of your treatment to reduce the risk of primary breast cancer spreading and your bones weakening or breaking. Juliet, Breast Cancer Now service user.
If you have symptoms of cancer contact your doctor. Read our information about coronavirus and cancer. Find out about the types of treatment for breast cancer and how your doctor decides which treatment you need. Find out about the different types of surgery for breast cancer, how to prepare for your operation, and how to recover well. Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. Find out about planning radiotherapy for breast cancer, having treatment, and possible side effects.
Weigh the benefits of each treatment option against the possible risks and side effects. Most women with breast cancer will have some type of surgery to remove the tumor. Depending on the type of breast cancer and how advanced it is, you might need other types of treatment as well, either before or after surgery, or sometimes both.
Skip to Content. Use the menu to see other pages. This section explains the types of treatments that are the standard of care for early-stage and locally advanced breast cancer.