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Treatment

 
Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Treatment Introduction
In recent years, due to earlier detection and more effective treatments, many women diagnosed with breast cancer overcome the disease and go on to live healthy lives.

Treatment Options Recommended By Your Health Care Provider
It’s important to understand the different types of treatment options available to you, because you are an integral part of your decision-making team. Your medical team will advocate certain treatments, but they will also seek your input.

They will recommend a plan based on:
- Stage of cancer and whether or not it has spread
- Type of cancer, and status of the estrogen, progesterone, or HER2/neu receptors found in the cancer cells
- Your age, health, and menstrual/menopausal stage
- And whether or not this is your first cancer treatment

In general, there are five treatment options, and most treatment plans include a combination of the following:
1) Surgery
2) Radiation
3) Hormone Therapy
4) Chemotherapy
5) Targeted Therapies

Some are local, targeting just the area around the tumor with surgery or radiation. Others are systemic, targeting your whole body with cancer-fighting agents such as chemotherapy.

Most women receive a combination of treatments, but each case is unique, and your medical team will work to find the most effective treatment for you.

Getting A Second Opinion
Even so, you may find yourself second-guessing their recommendations or suggested treatment plan. If you’re hesitant for any reason, you should get the opinion of another doctor before beginning treatment. Your doctor will not mind if you want a second opinion; some insurance plans even require it.

Again, don’t hesitate to ask your medical team questions. When it comes to getting a second opinion, you are your own best advocate.

Related Questions

  • Barbara Rowan Profile

    Anyone taken the combo of carboplatin and abraxane? What side effects could I have?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Barbara, I haven't been on Abraxane, but I have been on Carboplatin. My first chemo "cocktail" was Adriamycin/Cytoxin & Taxol. My second go around was Gemzar/Carboplatin. On every other treatment I would have Carboplatin alone. My main side effect was a dip in my blood counts & weakness. I...

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      Hi Barbara, I haven't been on Abraxane, but I have been on Carboplatin. My first chemo "cocktail" was Adriamycin/Cytoxin & Taxol. My second go around was Gemzar/Carboplatin. On every other treatment I would have Carboplatin alone. My main side effect was a dip in my blood counts & weakness. I had very mild nausea, constipation, & sometimes a metallic taste in my mouth (Carboplatin is a platinum based drug). I lost my hair with my previous treatment of Adriamycin/ Cytoxin & Taxol. But what little I had grown back did not fall out with Gemzar/Carboplatin. :). You might ask your Oncologist about that. I hope this helps. :)

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    • Summer Lynch Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Mostly I got tired on third day, had heart burn and hair loss. Diarrhea was common as well

      Comment
  • blair greiner Profile

    Anyone else get s massive headache from taxol?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes !!!

      Comment
    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Me! Omg...i have 2 Taxol treatments left and my dr postponed my treatments until i get a MRI done, which is tomorrow. My headache exploded from the lower portion if my head and radiates to the front. Blurry vision, sensitive to light and it will linger for days. Its horrible- a feeling ive never...

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      Me! Omg...i have 2 Taxol treatments left and my dr postponed my treatments until i get a MRI done, which is tomorrow. My headache exploded from the lower portion if my head and radiates to the front. Blurry vision, sensitive to light and it will linger for days. Its horrible- a feeling ive never experienced. My 1st "headache" was 1wks ago, then we did a CT scan which came back good. Then my 2nd "headache" came last Tues. we'll see what the MRI shows. Im sure it will be ok, just glad my dr is ruling on the side of caution. Could be all the chemo is catching up to me. Just 2 more out of 12 left. Had 4 A/C and did well. Let me know what your dr says. Keep fighting like a girl!!!! ;)

      Comment
  • Kristi Nguyen Profile

    My sensitive skin has burned quickly, its itchy and so miserable. I have 3 weeks of radiation daily to go, my right side and armpit is being radiated and yet the burn reaches to the middle of my chest. Any advice or creams for relief?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years 6 answers
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    • Jody F. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_3a Patient

      Ugh my radiation was bad too. The best relief I got was doing saline soaks as often as I could. Good luck.

      Comment
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Should say whole body cool !!! Ps I had radiation in 2 sites underarm and on the chest area .. 24 sessions It's worth the discomfort 🎀🎀

      Comment
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    I just finished chemotherapy and will have surgery in a few weeks. I thought I would feel happier about having it behind me. Instead, I feel depressed and down. Is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 6 answers
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    • janet levy Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since

      Sorry,I must have hit the wrong key and my comment sent unfinished. The last word is chemicals. You have been through a great deal already and there is more to come. Believe in yourself that you can handle what ever comes at you. I have been through two cancer surges for lung cancer and breast...

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      Sorry,I must have hit the wrong key and my comment sent unfinished. The last word is chemicals. You have been through a great deal already and there is more to come. Believe in yourself that you can handle what ever comes at you. I have been through two cancer surges for lung cancer and breast cancer. I am in the process of reconstruction when I developed a bad breast infection. I am having daily infusions of antibiotics. I really thought I was at the end of my cancer journey and now it is delayed. I too am down about it but it will not stop me from me from my quest back to living a happy and normal life. So take a little time to feel sad and then go out with a friend and laugh together before you start the next part of your journey. I will be here if you need to talk. I like to listen.

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    • Christina Archambault Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I defiantly felt the same ! I think it's more of a fear and we don't feel protected and more since chemo was killing the cancer right! One day at a time it gets better for sure, I just finished rads,!! Thank Jesus for everyday u have ! Xo

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