Miami Cancer Institute’s comprehensive team of physicians, nurses and support staff specialize in breast health and use the latest treatments and newest medications to treat and manage your disease. We also offer participation in clinical research trials that may find new and better ways to treat cancer.
Our team offers the encouragement, support and individualized attention you need. And our survivorship program provides you with medical guidance and compassionate care well into the future. (Link the word survivorship to Survivorship Program in Patient Support Center)
Your customized medical treatment plan may include one or more of the following therapies:
Surgery is the most common treatment for breast cancer, and our breast surgeons are among the most skilled in the world. There are three surgical options: (Link the word Surgery to Surgery in Treatments & Services)
- Lumpectomy – removal of the tumor and any affected tissue, while the majority of the breast is conserved. Lumpectomy often is combined with radiation therapy.
- Mastectomy – removal of one of both breasts. Depending on the nature of the cancer, you may have a total mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, radical mastectomy, partial mastectomy or nipple-sparing mastectomy.
- Breast reconstruction – reconstruction of the breast structure using implants or tissue from other parts of your body. Reconstructive surgery can be performed at the time of cancer surgery or at a later date.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to destroy cancer cells. Miami Cancer Institute’s radiation oncology physicians are among the most experienced in the world, and we offer the most comprehensive radiology platforms available to treat breast cancer, including external beam radiation, brachytherapy and proton therapy.
Miami Cancer Institute is the only center of its kind in the region and one of only 14 in the United States to offer proton therapy. This advanced form of radiation treatment spares healthy tissue and eliminates many of the side effects of conventional radiation treatment.
Chemotherapy drugs destroy cancer cells and control their growth. Chemotherapy may be administered before surgery to shrink a tumor, after surgery to ensure all cancer cells are destroyed or as the main course of treatment for cancer that has spread beyond the breast. Miami Cancer Institute offers the most effective chemotherapy options and deliver methods to treat breast cancer.
Hormone therapy in breast cancer treatment also is known as endocrine therapy. It uses medications that block the formation of estrogen, or block the receptors that estrogen stimulates. Hormone therapy is effective in breast cancers that require estrogen to grow. The therapy typically is combined with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Targeted therapy uses drugs or other substances to identify and attack specific types of cancer cells, blocking their growth and spread. The goal of targeted therapy is to interfere with genes or proteins involved in tumor growth while avoiding damage to healthy cells. Targeted therapies are usually less likely than chemotherapy to harm normal, healthy cells.
Targeted therapies used in breast cancer include Herceptin – an antibody that works against HER2-neu positive breast cancers by blocking HER2 production and obstructing tumor growth.