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Treatment

 
Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 2 - Standard Treatment & Clinical Trials

Before selecting your treatment plan, you should first understand the difference between standard treatment and clinical trials.

Standard treatments are methods that experts agree are appropriate, accepted and widely used. These standard procedures have proven useful in fighting breast cancer in the past. A clinical trial, on the other hand, is an approved research study that some doctors believe has a strong potential to improve standard treatments. When clinical trials demonstrate better results than the standard, that new treatment becomes the standard. Remember, all our current standards were clinical trials at one time.

If a clinical trial is an option for you, your doctor will explain the possible trade-offs with the trial treatment versus standard treatment. Together with your medical team, you will need to decide what treatment method is the best for you and your health.

Let’s look more closely at the standard treatments your doctors may recommend.

Related Questions

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    My doctor said that taking tamoxifen may increase the chance of cervical cancer. What are the statistics?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • armando jimenez Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Honestly there pretty high. But that's why this medication isnli

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    • armando jimenez Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Honestly pretty high but this medication is limited to a 4-5 year span. But if this was prescribed to you than your at a high risk of breast cancer.

      Comment
  • parva ahdi Profile

    hello all i have low back pain after chemotraphy and i take aromazin for 4 months is that normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I'm also on Aromasin. I started it in March or April. For about 4-6 weeks I had terrible bone pain. In fact, my doctor wanted me to go off it for 2 weeks to see if the pain got better. After 2 days I was fine, so I went back on it and haven't had any pain since.

      As always, though, I'd let...

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      I'm also on Aromasin. I started it in March or April. For about 4-6 weeks I had terrible bone pain. In fact, my doctor wanted me to go off it for 2 weeks to see if the pain got better. After 2 days I was fine, so I went back on it and haven't had any pain since.

      As always, though, I'd let your doctor know about the lower back pain and see what he/her has to say.

      Best of luck to you!

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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      There are three aromatse inhibitors - aromasin, femara and arimidex. If one causes bone pain they can see if you tolerate another better. They all cause some level of bone pain. I used all three over the four years I took them and tolerated femara the best. At the four year mark I had a...

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      There are three aromatse inhibitors - aromasin, femara and arimidex. If one causes bone pain they can see if you tolerate another better. They all cause some level of bone pain. I used all three over the four years I took them and tolerated femara the best. At the four year mark I had a recurrence for which I am currently in treatment. My doc said the aromatse inhibitors just didn't work for me. Good luck to you.

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  • nicole blagburn Profile

    1 month into Tamoxifen. Last few days I'm having bad hot flashes and very nauseous all day. I don't want to take them anymore! Will this get easier?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I have been on it for 5 weeks and the hot flashes continue but I have not been nauseous in about a week now so hoping that is over. I hope and pray it gets better for us both....excuse me while I go take another shower...ugh!

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Yes it will get easier the first couple month is the worst your body is trying to adjust like being pregnant when the hormones are out of whack Tamoxifen peeks between 6-8 months then I found things started to settle down hot flashes less intense mood swings better. I would get a wave like...

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      Yes it will get easier the first couple month is the worst your body is trying to adjust like being pregnant when the hormones are out of whack Tamoxifen peeks between 6-8 months then I found things started to settle down hot flashes less intense mood swings better. I would get a wave like feeling of being overwhelmed totally exhausted nauseous and wanting to cry then the dripping wet hot flashes. After a while I realized if I just calmed myself down it's just the dam pill and those hormones take a deep breath and let it pass. I felt much better. I'd actually tell myself

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  • julie s Profile

    I'm halfway through chemo and as much as I try to stay positive but I'm depressed. Anyone else feel like this? Thinking about asking for an anti depressant, but nervous... Any thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 13 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Julie,
      When I was going through chemo I became horribly depressed. It turns out it was due to one of the additives in my "recipe". PLEASE tell your team ASAP. You might be having trouble with a steroid that is used often in your treatment. Hang in there, you can get help for this and they...

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      Julie,
      When I was going through chemo I became horribly depressed. It turns out it was due to one of the additives in my "recipe". PLEASE tell your team ASAP. You might be having trouble with a steroid that is used often in your treatment. Hang in there, you can get help for this and they can remove it from your recipe if that might be the cause. Hugs to you, take care, Sharon

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I take Celexa, which is a non habit forming anti depressant. It helped me soooo much. Good luck!

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