The stage of breast cancer is a crucial factor in making decisions about the patients’treatment. In general, the further the breast cancer has been spread, the more treatment the patient will likely need. Anyhow, the patient’s treatment options are affected by their personal preferences and other information about the person breast cancer, like:
- If the cancer cells consist of hormone receptors (i.e., if the cancer is ER-positive or PR-positive)
- If the cancer cells have huge amounts of the HER2 protein (i.e., if the cancer is HER2-positive)
- Patients overall health
Consult with the doctor about how these factors can affect the breast cancer treatment options.