Breast Cancer – Our Treatment Options

Detecting and Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Although receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is intimidating, the good news is that breast cancer treatment techniques are very effective. When the disease is found early, the success rate is nearly 100%.

Our team at Orange County Cyberknife and other experts including the Mayo Clinic recommend annual breast screenings for women after 40. Other sources suggest starting as late as 50 may be sufficient. We suggest you work with your physician to determine whether you need regular screenings based on your risk factors.

When you begin screenings, we will work with your imaging center. This will help us create an optimal breast cancer treatment plan for you.


Radiation Therapy and Breast Cancer Treatment Types

Every case of breast cancer is a little different. Consequently, our treatment plan for each patient is tailored to his or her needs. Frequently, we will suggest a combination of treatments such as breast cancer surgery combined with radiation therapy. When it comes to radiation therapy breast cancer treatments, Orange County Cyberknife is the premier choice.

  • Cyberknife (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy): This system beams high doses of radiation directly at the cancerous cells. It is highly targeting, minimizing the risk of damage to surrounding tissue. Additionally, it is an outpatient procedure that is faster than traditional radiation therapy. This treatment is best for later-stage cancers.

External Radiation Therapy

  • Electron Therapy: This breast cancer treatment destroys cancer cells using electrons. They release their energy close to the skin’s surface. This makes this option ideal for more superficial tumors. Due to the surface level penetration of the radiation, it is safer for deeper tissues.
  • 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer: This radiation therapy uses advanced imaging to target the cancerous cells more accurately. Rather than target the tumor based on height and width, this treatment also accounts for depth. This minimizes the damage to healthy tissue.


Internal Radiation Therapies

  • Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation: In many cases, breast cancer surgery, particularly a lumpectomy, requires follow-up radiation treatment. This breast cancer treatment is used for such scenarios. It uses a surgically implanted device to help deliver the radiation.
  • Breast Intraoperative Radiation Therapy: Sometimes during breast cancer surgery, radiation treatment is used intraoperatively. The bed of the tumor is treated with radiation. This helps to ensure that all the cancerous cells are destroyed.
  • High Dose Rate Brachytherapy: This precise breast cancer treatment uses a device planted in the tumor site. It provides an intense source of radiation. It can be used as an alternative to breast cancer surgery.
  • Hyperthermia: This thermal treatment is noninvasive. It used high temperatures to stimulate blood flow and increase oxygenation. This makes the cancer cells more receptive to radiation. It allows for more effective and accurate radiation treatment.


Contact Us To Find Out More

We look forward to explaining each of these treatment methods to you on your first visit to Orange County CyberKnife We will ensure that you know the radiation options available to you at our comprehensive cancer center. Call us today at (714) 962-7100 with any questions. Check out our team of oncology radiologists and find out how we can treat tumors throughout your body using the most advanced non-surgical and non-invasive radiation therapy systems available. Check out what other patients say about our cancer care. You can trust us to help choose a treatment option that is right for you.

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