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Medical Therapies for Breast Cancer

Depending on the type of breast cancer you have and its stage, your doctor may suggest medication to reduce the risk your cancer will recur or spread beyond the breast. We offer a comprehensive range of the latest medical treatments for breast cancer, including access to clinical trials.  

Our board-certified medical oncologists work closely with your treatment team to develop an individualized plan of care for you. Your doctor and nurse navigator will explain your options, answer your questions, and help you make the decisions that are right for you.

Risk reduction therapy

We offer a Cancer Risk Evaluation Program to help you understand your personal and family risk for breast cancer. Cancer-certified genetics counselors and a medical oncology physician use your family history, personal health history, lifestyle and other factors to estimate your risk of developing breast cancer and of harboring an inherited genetic risk factor for developing breast cancer.


Most chemotherapy works by attacking cells as they are growing and dividing. Depending on the medication you need, your doctor may prescribe pills, or you may receive chemotherapy in our state-of-the-art Oncology Infusion Center. At the center, our chemotherapy-certified nurses deliver expert care in a warm and supportive environment.

Other medical therapies

The hormone estrogen is a growth factor in certain types of breast cancer. Anti-hormonal therapies use medication that blocks the production of estrogen to slow or prevent cancer cell growth. There are some biologic treatments available specifically for HER2-positive breast cancer. Biologic therapy helps your immune system find and destroy cancer cells with minimal damage to healthy cells.  It can be used by itself, but it is more often used along with another treatment.

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