Chemotherapy is a general term for the use of medications to treat cancer. The Breast Care Team at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital offers a complete spectrum of chemotherapy medications, including today's most advanced forms. Many forms of chemotherapy have few troublesome side effects, helping to make the process of receiving chemotherapy easier than it once was.
If chemotherapy is part of your treatment plan, your Breast Care Team will discuss the medications, any side effects and the way in which you will take the medication — some chemotherapy is delivered in pill form; other chemotherapy drugs are administered intravenously.
Hormone therapy is most commonly used to help
reduce the risk of cancer recurrence
after surgery. It can also be used to treat cancer that has returned after treatment or for cancer that has spread. Most breast cancers are sensitive to the hormone estrogen (ER- positive cancers) and the hormone progesterone (PR-Positive cancers). Blocking the effect of estrogen or lowering estrogen levels can be used to treat hormone receptor-positive breast cancers.
Targeted therapy uses drugs that have the ability to target certain genetic changes in cells that cause cancer. Most often, targeted therapy is used in treatment alongside chemotherapy and typically administered in your oncologist's office.