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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.

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  • Ann Natale Profile

    How dangerous is radiation therapy to your body?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It's not great for your body. Neither is chemo, but those two things are the best tools we have in fighting cancer. When you weigh the cost of having cancer vs the side effects from radiation.....I'll take the radiation any day if it's going to save my life or at least extend it. Something that's...

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      It's not great for your body. Neither is chemo, but those two things are the best tools we have in fighting cancer. When you weigh the cost of having cancer vs the side effects from radiation.....I'll take the radiation any day if it's going to save my life or at least extend it. Something that's really helped me cope with my treatments is that I have to think of my chemo, upcoming rad, etc. is that is is not something they are doing "to" me.....but "for" me to aid in my fight against this horrible disease. Best of luck. :)

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had 30 radiation treatments and it is not great for your body, but it is terrible for cancer. I have taken lots of vitamins and really tried to eat right and take care of myself to combat the side effects. Good luck to you!

      Comment
  • Denise Harris Profile

    Dr. found cancer in my breast today they it's small enough remove but I am scared my mom died at 31 the age I am now. what it spreads?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 8 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Did your mother pass away from breast cancer or something else? As others said consult with specialists and see what they say. Take care, Betti

      1 comment
    • Helen Davey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My hospital automatically gave me a bone scan and CT scan to see if there was any dread and that's why I'm having chemo - to mop up any stray cells.

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  • sylvia clark Profile

    Should I be worried about how long I have to wait to start chemo? I had a double mastectomy two months ago and discovered a heart condition on the way to chemo. Since I've had open heart surgery and will take 4-5 weeks to recover.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Dear Sylvia,
      You have had MORE than your share of seeing doctors! I wouldn't worry about the lag time between your heart surgery and chemo. They had to take care of this heart condition first as it probably had priority over everything else. Thankfully, your oncologist has to order these...

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      Dear Sylvia,
      You have had MORE than your share of seeing doctors! I wouldn't worry about the lag time between your heart surgery and chemo. They had to take care of this heart condition first as it probably had priority over everything else. Thankfully, your oncologist has to order these pre-chemo tests of your heart because chemo can occasionally effect your heart. So glad it is taken care of. Not knowing anything about your breast cancer, I am just taking a guess with my following bla-bla..... Your cancer was, basically, removed with the double mastectomy. The chemotherapy, goes in and cleans up cancer cells that may be left behind. Your team of doctor's probably felt the heart condition had precedent over the start of your chemotherapy. Sylvia, you need to talk to your oncologist's office about your question. You need peace of mind while you are healing from your heart surgery. Hang in there, healing hugs from all of us. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Talk to your doctor about your concerns. Rest and get well your will need your strenght for chemo.

      Comment
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    I will Start Chemo in September, I have Been Praying that I will get through this and still be able too work.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 9 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anonymous... we are all so different. Each chemo drug is different and how we react to it. One can't predict how you are going to feel. You just have to put one foot in front of another and hope you won't lose much work time. The suggestion to look into a temporary disability plan would sure...

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      Anonymous... we are all so different. Each chemo drug is different and how we react to it. One can't predict how you are going to feel. You just have to put one foot in front of another and hope you won't lose much work time. The suggestion to look into a temporary disability plan would sure takt a burden off of you. Chemo treatments aren't easy but some people are able to work through it. If you are not one of them, do not beat yourself up because of it. This is tough stuff. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Depends on your job setting what u do for a living physical , mental , working w the public etc .. I'm self employed have 4 kids 3 at home so I had to work " no paid sick days off", but I also took time off here n there because I felt too sick , you never know how your gonna react to chemo...

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      Depends on your job setting what u do for a living physical , mental , working w the public etc .. I'm self employed have 4 kids 3 at home so I had to work " no paid sick days off", but I also took time off here n there because I felt too sick , you never know how your gonna react to chemo everyone is different so take it as it goes cycle by cycle basis if u can , u can do it , stay strong !

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