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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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    Can anyone offer me some additional guidance or does it seem I'm on the right track?

    Asked by anonymous

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    over 6 years 1 answer
    • L D  Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2004

      Ask for the lab reports from your biopsies for your records. It should tell you exactly the type of cancer, size, grade, etc.

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  • Michele Aboro Profile

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

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 2 answers
    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      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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      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 treatment and then several days helps (wish I'd known that) Anyone with more comments on that?

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    • She  La Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

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

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  • Elizabeth Willan Profile

    What are the side effects of arimidex?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 6 answers
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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hot flashes, bones (osteopenya) and joint pain.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My main side effects are hot flashes. It can also compromise your bone health. I am getting yearly bone mineral density scans to monitor this.

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  • Lou Cam Profile

    How many months does chemo take

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    about 5 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Lou,
      This is difficult to predict. Everybody's treatment is different. I only had 4 rounds of chemo. My entire treatment was started with surgery, in October, and I was done with everything, the first week of January. We are all different so what happens to one woman, won't necessarily be...

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      Lou,
      This is difficult to predict. Everybody's treatment is different. I only had 4 rounds of chemo. My entire treatment was started with surgery, in October, and I was done with everything, the first week of January. We are all different so what happens to one woman, won't necessarily be the same for the next. Take care, Sharon

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It depends on how many rounds you have and how far apart they are. The later the stage cancer and more aggressive it is, the longer it will take. Most woman have 4 to 8 rounds of chemo 2 to 3 weeks apart. Some have even more infusions. Keep the questions coming. We care about you!

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