Medical Therapy for Breast Cancer

Breast Center

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Breast Center at UW Hospital and Clinics

(608) 266-6400



Breast Center at 1 S. Park Clinic

(608) 287-2933


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Medical oncologists at UW Health and the UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison, Wisconsin, offer several medical therapies for treating breast cancer.

  • Neoadjuvant therapy is given before breast cancer surgery. This can make cancer easier to remove and keep cancer from coming back. This is done with the intent to eliminate any cancer cell in the breast of the rest of the body.
  • Adjuvant therapy is given after breast cancer surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells and keep cancer from coming back.
  • Palliative therapy is given to slow cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. This used if a cancer comes back or spreads to other parts of the body (also known as metastatic or Stage IV cancer).

Learn more about therapy options.

  • Chemotherapies are drugs that kill fast-growing cells, including cancer cells.
  • Targeted therapies are drugs that find and kill specific types of cancer cells. Targeted therapies may have fewer side effects than other types of treatment and include endocrine therapies and HER2-targeted therapies (for breast cancers with the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 gene).