Current treatment of breast cancer general involves a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. Not all patients will require each of these treatments: Some patients need only limited surgery, and some will benefit from a combination of all of these modalities. The best results are obtained when the treatment is individualized to each particular patient.

Many patients are focused on immediate surgical treatment of their breast cancer - but what is much more important, is that every patient receive the best treatment. This means taking the time to first consider all of the appropriate options. It is completely understandable that anyone who is newly diagnosed with breast cancer would want to be finished with treatment as soon as possible, but we now know that breast cancer is rarely an emergency. (There are very, very rare exceptions.)

It takes time to learn about all the treatment options that may be appropriate, and then to decide between them. Sometimes, additional scans or consultations are necessary to do this, and if this takes weeks to complete, you should not be concerned. We know today that most breast cancers have been present microscopically for 3 to 5 (or more) years, and also know that 3-6 weeks of time spent making the best treatment decisions does not change the outcome of treatment.

In fact, just going through this process of deciding the best treatment for you individually - considering both medical and personal factors - is one of the best ways to ensure that you will feel comfortable with your treatment. Please use this web site, and the suggested links to learn more about your treatment options