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Treatment for Breast Cancer in Northern California

At Dignity Health North State, cancer care is rooted in healing and humankindness. Our expert oncology specialists aim to heal your cancer by curing it or putting it into remission. We also believe that effective breast cancer treatments begins with early detection through quality cancer screenings.

With cutting-edge cancer care centers, including Dignity Health Mercy Oncology Center and Mercy Regional Cancer Center, we offer a compassionate environment for breast cancer treatment in Northern California. Find a Doctor online.


Options for Breast Cancer Treatment at Dignity Health North State

As breast cancer treatment advances, we aim to stay current with standard and innovative treatment options.

You can rely on our Northern California hospitals for the following breast cancer treatments.


For most cases of breast cancer, surgery is a primary treatment. To remove the tumor, your surgeon may perform either a lumpectomy or mastectomy. A lumpectomy is a breast-conserving surgery, while a mastectomy removes the entire breast. Your doctor will suggest a surgery that’s most effective at removing your cancer and preventing it from returning.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is often used in conjunction with surgery, either to shrink the tumor before surgery or to remove any remaining cancer cells. This option can be your main treatment if surgery is not an effective choice.

Targeted Therapy

During targeted therapy, cancer-killing drugs identify and attack cells that have protein markers for cancer. Targeted therapy drugs may work when chemotherapy does not.

Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy is an effective treatment option for breast cancers that grow in response to hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. These drugs either reduce the level of hormones in your body or block the hormone receptor on the cancer cells. Your doctor may use hormone therapy to treat hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.


Chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy to kill cancer cells or prevent them from growing. If your doctor recommends chemotherapy, you may take these drugs by mouth or through an IV.


Choosing a Treatment for Breast Cancer with Your Doctor

At Dignity Health North State, your personalized treatment will depend on:

  • Your treatment goals
  • Benefits and side effects of each treatment option
  • The cancer’s characteristics, including the cancer’s stage

Schedule an appointment with an experienced oncologist to learn which treatment is best for you.

Dignity Health North State offers top-rated breast cancer treatment in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.