Finding the right treatment

One-size-fits-all doesn’t exist.

Personalized Medicine, also known as Precision Medicine, is the practice of using information specific to you to make medical decisions that are in your best interest. It’s a matter of basing care on more than just numbers or facts. It’s about considering all the characteristics of yourself and your breast cancer – and assessing how each approach to the cancer will affect your own dreams and situation in life.

Making medicine more about you.

I Am Not a Number

That’s true because no woman or tumor is the same. And the best way to differentiate is through the right genomic testing and proper consultation. One test score doesn’t give your doctor everything they need to know.

Combining your life goals with your complete genomic profile can shift your entire course of treatment for better, happier outcomes.

I Am Under 50

Breast cancer can be even more challenging to treat in younger women because of the lasting effects associated with certain therapies, particularly those that are hormonal. While the estrogen that your ovaries produce can fuel hormonally-driven tumors, putting a stopper on that hormone can lead to infertility.

This is where testing becomes critical. While some diagnostic tests may regard a young woman as having an aggressive cancer that is like to recur, genomic tests could reveal that the cancer isn’t actually that serious and doesn’t require radical or hormonal therapy. In that case, she could save herself from unnecessary treatments that may reduce ovarian function and eventually have the family she always wanted.

Choose better.

Once your tests have revealed all there is to know about your unique cancer, you and your doctor can decide on the most effective therapy at every step in your journey.

By helping you rule out treatment that we know may not work well, we hope to improve and extend your #lifeaftercancer as much as possible.

A wide range of drugs used to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells. It is often accompanied by a variety of side effects, such as hair loss, nausea, mouth sores, nerve damage, and risk of infertility.

Targeted Therapy:
Includes drugs like Herceptin and Perjeta, which are used to stop the growth of cancer cells. Since they are designed to target very specific cell mutations, they are less likely to harm healthy cells than chemotherapy and therefore, cause fewer side effects.

Endocrine Management:
Hormonal therapies that are used to either suppress ovarian function, which stops your body from producing certain hormones that cause the tumor to grow, or block the tumor’s receptors to these hormones.

A breast-conserving surgery that only removes a portion of the breast. Radiation is also generally recommended to ensure the cancer is fully removed.

The surgical removal of the entire breast, often followed by reconstructive surgery by a plastic surgeon.

Radiation Therapy: 
High-energy rays used to kill any remaining cancer cells in the breast. This can be classified as either External Beam Radiation, which involves the breast and the tumor, or Limited Radiation, which is directed at the tumor only. 

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