Early breast cancer usually requires surgery. Depending on the results of the operation, further treatments such as chemotherapy, biological targeted therapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy will also be required.
The full range of chemotherapies and targeted therapies are available at The Clatterbridge, including the latest drugs such as eribulin (HalavenTM) and traztuzumab emtansine (KadcylaTM).
Treatments are delivered in our private chemotherapy suite and are usually completed prior to radiotherapy.
Radiotherapy is given in the form of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) which has been shown to reduce the cosmetic effect of radiation on the breast, and patients with left sided breast cancers are treated with the Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) technique which protects the heart from radiation.
For advanced or metastatic breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, drug therapies such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy and hormone therapy are the mainstay of treatment and are used to prolong life and to improve symptoms.