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  • 201-833-3300

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The Patricia Lynch Cancer Center at Holy Name has highly skilled medical teams that determine the best treatment option based on the type of breast cancer, its stage, grade, size and whether it is sensitive to hormones. Many women have breast cancer surgery and receive other treatments before or after, such as chemotherapy, radiation or hormone therapy.


There are different types of surgery that may be performed to treat breast cancer. Patients should speak with their physicians to go over all the options.

Lumpectomy, known as breast-saving surgery, removes the tumor and a small amount of healthy tissue. It is typically used for small tumors.

Mastectomy is a procedure that removes the entire breast.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses radiation beams to kill cancer cells. It is often used after a lumpectomy for early-stage breast cancer and after a mastectomy for larger tumors or cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes.


Chemotherapy is the use of drugs, in oral or intravenous form, to destroy cancer cells. It is often used when the cancer has a high chance of recurring or spreading to other areas of the body. It is occasionally given before surgery to shrink the tumor.

Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy is used to treat breast cancers that are sensitive to hormones. They are often referred to as estrogen receptor positive or progesterone receptor positive cancers. Hormone therapy may be used before or after surgery and other treatments to help decrease recurrence.

Different types of hormone therapy are used based on the type of cancer:

  • Medications that block hormones from attaching to cancer cells, slowing the growth of the tumor and killing cancer cells.
  • Drugs that stop the body from making estrogen.
  • Medications that target the estrogen receptors on cancer cells, blocking and then killing the receptors.
  • Surgery or medications that stop hormone production in the ovaries.

Targeted Medications

Targeted drugs attack specific abnormalities in cancer cells that help them grow and multiply. Depending on the type of breast cancer cells, different medications may be effective in killing the cells that make up particular tumors.


For women who want breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, our breast surgeons work closely with our plastic surgeons to give each patient her desired outcome. Each step of the procedure is explained thoroughly so patients feel empowered in making their own decisions.

Genetic Testing

Many people with breast cancer may benefit from genetic testing, which can determine whether certain genes are damaged, or mutated. These mutations may increase the risk of various cancers and may also affect other family members.

Holy Name provides comprehensive genetic testing, including education and counseling for cancer patients. Click here to learn more about Holy Name's genetic testing services.