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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.

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    Had my 3rd AC one more to go the 4 time taxol... Still feeling good today ;)

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    almost 6 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
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      Sounds like you are managing well! Good on you! And keep up the awesome job! Docetaxol has a set of challenges but not nausea and it can't hurt your heart like adriamycin. The neupogen/neulasta shots can give bony pain deep inside. Don't hesitate to try something. Apparently Claritin taken before...

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      anonymous
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      Doing the same. I have three more to go! Trying so hard to stay positive. HANG IN THERE.

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    Can you get pregnant while taking tamoxifen?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
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      i just want to give thanks to my spiritual mother who help me and is been a year now when you help me conceive my son micheal and save my marriage, i was married for without conceiving until the issue resolved to problem in my marriage which about to be broken until iya basira help with her spiritual powers, i was really worried and bothered because i don't want to loose my husband to another woman. i have went to hospital, the doctor told me that i can't get pregnant again due to my last abortion. i thought have lost my husband already and i have lost hope and faith until one day that a very good friend of mine introduce me to native iya basira of the i contacted her. she did spiritual prayers and bless me with the fruit of the womb a try which make me to be happy today. now i have giving birth to healthy boy. and my husband now love me more than before. so that's while i am here to share the good work of native woman to help my family, i pray that my God will reward you for all that you have done for me for bringing smile to my face once again.here is her contact for anybody who need her help also nativeiyabasira@yahoo.com

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  • Nadine Cancilliere Profile

    6th chemo done, 2 to go; yay! My onc says they dont run scans after chemo. Anyone else heard of this. I mean how will they know if its gone or hasnt spread? They did say the chemo and radiation are a preventative measure.

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      anonymous
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      No routine scans for me . However, you know your body... Report any changes, unexplained pain, lumps, etc to you doctor. I try not to let the possibility of the cancer coming back steal my joy. Congrats! You are almost at the finish line! Your pink Sisters are cheering for you!

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      No scans until a red flag comes up. In this case no news is the best news.

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