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Breast Cancer Resource Center
Our patients are incredibly educated both on their type of cancer and the variety of treatments available to them. At Beebe Cancer Services, we develop on-site treatment programs for each individual patient. In addition, our medical oncologists work closely with regional health facilities to get our patients in the latest clinical trials.
Breast cancer treatment options include:
- Surgery: Surgery is a common method of treating certain kinds of cancer, and it is considered a local treatment in the sense that it focuses on a specific part of the body. The doctor operates to remove the tumor and nearby tissue that may or may not contain cancer cells. Surgical oncology fellowship trained surgeons at Beebe Healthcare perform surgery to remove tumors. Surgeons work closely with other physicians involved in a patient's care to help ensure the best possible outcome.
- Radiation therapy is the local treatment of cancer using high-energy X-rays or radioactive particles. Radiation therapy targets specific tumors with an exact amount of radiation. It is possible that some normal cells surrounding the tumor may receive some radiation but, unlike cancer cells, most of them recover from the effects of radiation.
- Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells. These drugs destroy cancer cells by stopping them from growing or multiplying. Healthy cells can be damaged, especially those that divide quickly. It is harm to healthy cells that causes side effects, but these cells usually repair themselves after chemotherapy.
- Clinical Trials: A clinical trial, or protocol, is a carefully controlled study to answer specific questions about a potentially new type of treatment or to study new ways of using an existing treatment. The purpose of a clinical trial is to determine whether a treatment is safe in humans and effective in treating a particular disease or condition. This includes looking at the benefits as well as the potential risks of the treatment. Generally, clinical trials compare the standard treatment with a potential new treatment option. Your doctor can help you determine if a clinical trial is right for you.
- Hormone therapy is used to block cancer cells from getting the hormones they need in order to grow. Your doctor will discuss this therapy if it is right for you.
Our Experts, Your Team
Studies show that patients experience better outcomes when treated by a team of multidisciplinary experts—specialists from different areas who work together to provide comprehensive treatment. Dedicated breast-care experts, state-of-the-art technology, and concerned staff assure that the patient receives the best care in an atmosphere that puts the patient at ease.
Our center is proud to be home to the area’s most experienced specialists, including:
- Breast Health Nurse Navigator
- Breast surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Plastic surgeons
- Nurse practitioners
- Genetic counselors
- Referrals to supportive services
- Psychosocial services specialist
- Wellness coaches
- Clinical trial specialis
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