Breast Cancer Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version)


Breast Cancer Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version)


This summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the treatment of breast cancer.

This summary addresses the following topics:

  • General information about breast cancer
    • Statistics
    • Patient evaluation
    • Contralateral disease
    • Hormone replacement therapy
    • Genetics
    • Follow-up
    • Breast reconstruction
  • Cellular classification of breast cancer
  • Stage information for breast cancer
  • Ductal carcinoma in situ
  • Lobular carcinoma in situ
  • Stage I, II, IIIA, and operable IIIC breast cancer
    • Primary therapy
    • Adjuvant radiation therapy
    • Adjuvant systemic therapy
    • Timing of primary and adjuvant therapy
    • Treatment options
  • Stage IIIB, inoperable IIIC, IV, recurrent, and metastatic breast cancer
    • Inoperable stage IIIB or IIIC or inflammatory breast cancer
    • Stage IV, recurrent, and metastatic breast cancer
    • Systemic therapy


National Cancer Institute

Funding Sources:

National Cancer Institute; National Institutes of Health


Release Date: 2006
Review Date: 2008
Recent Summary: February 2008
Original Summary: February 2006
Last Updated: 11/14/12

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