We at Chao Comprehensive Cancer Center tend to have a more aggressive approach for the treatment of local recurrence of breast cancer.
- The first step of management is surgical removal of the recurrent tumor. Patients who had lumpectomy often undergo modified mastectomy for complete removal of the breast tumor.
- After complete removal of the breast tumor, postoperative treatments for breast cancer are offered. These treatments most commonly involve hormonal therapy or chemotherapy. The postoperative treatments are always tailored to each patient. Various factor including patient's preferences, tumor biology (receptor status), history of prior treatments, other health conditions, and quality of life are considered to individualize the postoperative treatments.
- Women who had previously received radiation treatments are not offered additional radiation because only a limited amount of radiation can be given safely to normal tissue.
UC Irvine researchers are striving to develop new less toxic but effective therapies for recurrent breast cancer.
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>> See also "Distant (or Metastatic) Recurrence"