5. Hormonal Therapy
Also known as endocrine therapy, tumors that test positive for progesterone or estrogen receptors may require hormonal therapy to get rid of them. These tumors use hormones to boost their growth. Thus, it is critical to block these hormones from fueling more cancerous cells to develop or return. This treatment may be used at early or late stages of breast cancer and is often associated with surgical and chemotherapy treatments, too.
Patients who are postmenopausal will be prescribed a different type of hormonal medication. Tamoxifen is a popular drug that is given to women for years at a time to reduce the risk of recurrent breast cancer.