Medical oncology for breast cancer helps in providing the best treatment options patients. Patients receive improved treatment methods, including the latest therapies, to address their overall wellbeing.

At Texas Breast Care, we partner with expert medical oncologists at Choice Cancer Care to ensure patients receive the best customized treatment based on their diagnosis. Together, we provide comprehensive care that guarantees the best outcomes for our patients.

Dr. Raetasha Dabney, M.D.
Dr. Raetasha Dabney, M.D.

Board Certified Medical Oncology & Hematology

Dr. Dabney is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and serves on the Clinical Practice guidelines committee (CPGC) and Multi-site guidelines committee. She is also a member of American Society of Hematology. Raetasha Dabney, MD is board certified in hematology, medical oncology and internal medicine. Her focus is in all solid tumors and malignant hematology.

Specialties: Breast Cancer | Colorectal Cancer | Lung Cancer | All Types of Cancer

Locations: Southlake | Las Colinas – Irving

Dr. Swapna Goday, M.D. MPH

Board Certified Medical Oncology & Hematology

Dr. Goday is committed to providing cutting-edge, evidence-based care to patients with cancer and blood disorders with a high level of personal compassion. Dr. Goday is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology. Dr.Goday is board certified in hematology and medical oncology.

Specialties: Solid tumors (Breast, GI, GU) | Hemostasis| Thrombosis | Malignant Hematology

Locations: Southlake | Lewisville

Breast cancer is a systemic disease that requires whole system treatment to kill the cancer cells, stop their spread, and prevent the disease from recurring. Genetic testing alongside coordinated treatment is necessary to ensure the patient receives the best care.

Medical oncology involves providing systemic therapy to all patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Medical oncologists have a thorough knowledge of the patient’s complications, side effects, and psychological needs.

Recommended treatment guidelines ensure that doctors provide therapies that are proven to improve patients’ survival outcomes and meet the standard of care.

In medical oncology for breast cancer, anti-cancer medications help to slow or stop the growth of cancer as part of the treatment plan. Some of the therapies used in breast cancer include chemotherapy and other targeted therapies.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy may come before or after undergoing surgery. It helps to treat recurrent or metastatic breast cancer as well. Chemotherapy can be delivered intravenously or as a pill.

When planning a chemotherapy treatment, your medical oncologist will consider factors such as your breast cancer type, stage, and health status. Some drugs are administered daily for one or two weeks, while others are given weekly or once every 2 – 3 weeks.

However, you should understand that chemotherapy can cause severe side effects depending on the type of drugs and your body’s reaction. It may affect the bone marrow, hair follicles, intestinal lining, and cells in your mouth. These can cause hair loss, nausea, fatigue, vulnerability to infection, vomiting, osteoporosis, premature menopause, easy bruising, and much more.

Recent breakthroughs in medical oncology have made it easier for patients to manage their side effects with special medications and other treatments.

Endocrine Therapy (hormone therapy)  

This new type of medical treatment slows or prevents the growth of hormone-sensitive breast cancers. Endocrine therapy blocks or interferes with the ability of the body to produce estrogen and progesterone hormones, which activate hormone receptors.

Side effects from hormone therapy may include headache, nausea, hot flashes, fatigue, bone, and joint pain, and more depending on the patient or drug used.

Targeted Therapy  

Targeted therapies are medications that target particular characteristics of cancer cells to stop or slow their growth. They work like natural antibodies to the immune system. Targeted therapies can be administered alone or in combination with chemotherapy, depending on the type of cancer. Side effects may vary depending on the agent used.