Malignant Breast Tumours
If a tumor is found to be malignant, you have breast cancer or another form of cancer. Malignant tumors are aggressive and will spread to other surrounding tissues. When the tumor is identified, your doctor may recommend a biopsy to identify how advanced the cancer is and how severe it is.
Treating Malignant Tumors
Once a malignant tumor has been diagnosed in the breast, your doctor will recommend a treatment plan tailored to your unique situation. This plan could include surgery, hormone therapy, radiation and chemotherapy:
- Surgery: The doctor will remove cancerous tissue from the affected area. How effective surgical procedures are is dependent on the type of cancer and its severity.
- Hormone Therapy: Medications may be prescribed to help lower hormone levels.
- Radiation: High-energy rays are used to kill cancerous cells in a specific area. It is typically administered externally; however there are internal methods as well.
- Chemotherapy: This therapy includes the use of a chemo agent to kill cancerous cells. You may receive chemotherapy through an infusion directly into your blood stream. The drugs travel through your body and attack the affected area.