Breast Cancer Treatment

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Breast Cancer Treatment Breast cancer is turning to be one of the top killer women in the world. This kind of cancerous tumor is attacking breast tissue of woman. A disease in which abnormal cells in the breast divide and multiply in an uncontrolled fashion. The cells can invade nearby tissue and can spread through the bloodstream and lymphatic system to others part of the body and start to kill the organ one by one. By giving a breast cancer treatment will decrease the number of population who has this illness. Because so many different women have contracted breast cancer, many forms of treatment have been developed to attend to their specific needs. New research and development in the area of breast cancer allow Americans several …show more content…
This procedure is sometimes called a Halsted radical mastectomy”(National. Cancer Institute). Surgery could be choices that give a chance to destroy the breast cancer. The first therapy treatment, radiation: “Radiation is local treatment administered by specialized physicians known as radiation oncologist. It is given with a large machine called a linear accelerator that converts radioactive particles into a high-energy radiation beam that is used to treat a specific, well-defined area of your body”(Link, Forsthoff, and Waisman 81). Radiation puts cancer cells into death cycle. But radiation still have own side effect: “The skin around the area receiving radiation may begin to look tanned or sunburned” (Pat and Levine 100-01). Beside the skin will look tanned, the daily trip to the hospital or cancer center can be tiring, and if the patient tired, the body generally weak. Moreover, if the doctor does radiation after surgery, the purpose is to kill cancer cell that may have been left behind. It is depends on the margin involvement, and if the doctor does not sure about the margin: “However, if your team has some question in your case about margin involvement or if there is some component of in situ breast cancer, they may decide to give an extra amount of radiation, called a boost, to the tumor area”(Link, Forsthoff and Waisman 84). Two ways to do the giving boost, first: “The most common involves the linear accelerator and consist of 5 to 10
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