If all the positive cancer breakthrough headlines are to be believed, then the cure for cancer is right around the corner. But that is a far cry from reality, says Dr. Immunotherapy has become a hot topic in cancer treatment. Forty years ago, he says, around 35 per cent of patients were still alive five years after their diagnosis. Today, that number is around 60 to 65 per cent.
NCI-funded researchers are working to advance our understanding of how to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer. They are also looking at how to address disparities and improve quality of life for survivors of the disease. MRI magnetic resonance imaging , ultrasound , and clinical breast exams are also used to detect breast cancer, but not as routine screening tools.
Breast cancer is treated in several ways. It depends on the kind of breast cancer and how far it has spread. People with breast cancer often get more than one kind of treatment. Doctors from different specialties often work together to treat breast cancer.