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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

  • karyn johnson Profile

    Looking for some advice. Had 2nd rad treatment, only for the techs to put a gel pad on me. When I asked why they said it was for skin intensifying the treatment. Am I over reacting or is this something I should have known about before the treatment???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 6 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      They used a bolus on me the last 2 weeks and explained it somewhat. In talking with the doctor I got my answers which helped as I didn't need any boosts since I'd had a mastectomy. If you've ever had an U/S of the breast it is similar to the gel pad they put on your breast to bring the area...

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      They used a bolus on me the last 2 weeks and explained it somewhat. In talking with the doctor I got my answers which helped as I didn't need any boosts since I'd had a mastectomy. If you've ever had an U/S of the breast it is similar to the gel pad they put on your breast to bring the area they are looking at closer to the surface so they can look at it better especially if it's really deep. BTW-It wasn't mentioned to me until the first day they used it.

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      They should have fully explained it to you!

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  • Casey Chernes Profile

    Just finished 6 rounds of ACT treatments and going to start taxol for the next treatments. Had alot of nausea with ACT but the dr said taxol is easier. Anyone currently doing taxol?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Casey, taxol was easier on me than A/C. I had four dose dense treatments. I didn't have the nausea. And the fatigue was a little better. My nails didn't turn black but the flattened out. Also my hair began to grow back about the same time as my last treatment. I had my mastectomy in Oct and...

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      Hi Casey, taxol was easier on me than A/C. I had four dose dense treatments. I didn't have the nausea. And the fatigue was a little better. My nails didn't turn black but the flattened out. Also my hair began to grow back about the same time as my last treatment. I had my mastectomy in Oct and unfortunately had to begin chemo again with two different drugs. Best wishes to you and hang in there!!

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    • Carly Byrd Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just finished 12 rounds of Taxol. The fatigue lightened but there are other side effects like blackening nails. I have Herceptin every 3 weeks through next August and have already had a double mastectomy with a previous diagnosis. I am 29.

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    I am considering Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for my treatment. Does anyone have any experiences with them?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Lisa Newell Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      In April of 2006, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. 5 Months before my diagnosis I gave birth to my 3 son. My other two boys were 11 & 2. I don't have to tell you the shock and scare that I felt.

      I immediately went to one doctor appt. to another not asking many questions. Mainly...

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      In April of 2006, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. 5 Months before my diagnosis I gave birth to my 3 son. My other two boys were 11 & 2. I don't have to tell you the shock and scare that I felt.

      I immediately went to one doctor appt. to another not asking many questions. Mainly because I didn't know what to ask.
      After about 2 weeks I finally looked at my husband and said we need to slow done and think about everything that is going on. I liked the oncologist that we had been referred to, but something didn't feel right about his office staff.

      It was then that I allowed myself the time to get a second opinion. I went to the SCCA and never looked back.
      I felt so confident in the oncologist that I met and appreciated his plan for treating my cancer. I so appreciated how he took the time to answer all of my questions. By then, I had a lot.

      Just as importantly I cannot say enough about the incredible nurses at the SCCA. They do a wonderful job at what they do because they are such amazing people.
      I have gone through chemotherapy twice now. I feel as if I am going to visit friends when I go into infusion. The nurses care about how you are doing and they care about you!

      My youngest will be 6 this next month. He has been going with me to my treatments since he was just a baby. The nurses usually now tell me which room they will meet me in, then they walk off with Joey, hand in hand, to get his treats from the kitchenette. They treat all of my children this way.

      I would highly recommend SCCA for anyone going through cancer and I have. The care you receive for your cancer and for you, as a person, is second to none.

      I not only owe my life to SCCA but I thank them for never letting me lose myself along the way.

      I wish you the best of luck in your battle!

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