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Breast Cancer Treatment (Patient) (cont.)

Treatment Options for Recurrent Breast Cancer

Treatment of recurrent breast cancer (cancer that has come back after treatment) in the breast or chest wall may include the following:

  • Surgery (modified radical mastectomy), radiation therapy, or both.
  • Chemotherapy or hormone therapy.
  • Antibody-drug conjugate therapy with ado-trastuzumab emtansine.
  • A clinical trial of trastuzumab combined with chemotherapy.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent breast cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

To Learn More About Breast Cancer

For more information from the National Cancer Institute about breast cancer, see the following:

  • Breast Cancer Home Page
  • What You Need to Know About™ Breast Cancer
  • Surgery Choices for Women with DCIS or Breast Cancer
  • Preventive Mastectomy
  • Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy
  • Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Drugs Approved for Breast Cancer
  • Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer
  • Understanding Cancer Series: Targeted Therapies (Advances in Targeted Therapies and Targeted Therapies for Breast Cancer)
  • Targeted Cancer Therapies
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing

For general cancer information and other resources from the National Cancer Institute, see the following:

  • What You Need to Know About™ Cancer
  • Understanding Cancer Series: Cancer
  • Cancer Staging
  • Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer
  • Radiation Therapy and You: Support for People With Cancer
  • Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care
  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Cancer
  • Cancer Library
  • Information For Survivors/Caregivers/Advocates
eMedicineHealth Public Information from the National Cancer Institute

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http://cancer.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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