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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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    What are the side effects of arimidex?

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      Hot flashes, bones (osteopenya) and joint pain.

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      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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    Would you ladies mind helping out a southern feller? Just diagnosed with stage 2B and I have some questions. Having a (left) mastectomy and axillary removal on March 7 and wondering what to expect as far as recovery pain?

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      I'm sorry to hear you joined this group. Everyone is different with their pain tolerance, I had none after my unilateral mastectomy and lymph node dissection. But then I had a PCA pump with Fentanyl going in it the first half day (not something I wanted but it was there none the less). Your...

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      I'm sorry to hear you joined this group. Everyone is different with their pain tolerance, I had none after my unilateral mastectomy and lymph node dissection. But then I had a PCA pump with Fentanyl going in it the first half day (not something I wanted but it was there none the less). Your anxiety is not going to help you as stress right now is not your friend. Try and take some deep breaths and relax, I know it's easier said then done but try, OK?

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      With your burping ... due to feeling nervous you are probably swallowing more air ...

      I have had a double mastectomy with half of my nodes taken , cancerous..
      There no pain as such involved with this surgery .. just feeling happy to know that the cancer is gone .

      I don't know if you'll been...

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      With your burping ... due to feeling nervous you are probably swallowing more air ...

      I have had a double mastectomy with half of my nodes taken , cancerous..
      There no pain as such involved with this surgery .. just feeling happy to know that the cancer is gone .

      I don't know if you'll been having any drains ( from the chest drawing fluid away). They make it hard to sleep .

      I found the surgery the easiest with only 1 over night in hosp .

      Think of your self as bit of a Ambassador for other men !! To show them not only women get breast cancer .. but it's the same horrible cancer !!

      I have the attitude of ... What doesn't break us makes as stronger.
      I felt calmer going into surgery as I knew it would prolong my life , so it's the right thing to do !!
      Maybe you need someone to talk to before surgery to calm your fears with issues , of with ......what may happen ??

      But feel comfortable and confident we have all gone through this. And are alive to live , laugh and inform others .........We can have a long happy life after cancer so good luck ..

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    I'm about 6wks out of having uni mastectomy with expander in. 2wks out of having to replace expander because of infection. Now I feel swollen gland in my throat, should I be worried???

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      Hi Lydia, Call your doctor. Better safe than sorry. JO

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    • Diana Castells Profile
      anonymous
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      You should see your doctor so that you can have peace of mind. However, the swollen gland you feel could be a swollen lymph node, a result of the infection.

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    Newest edition of Artemis, breastcancer newsletter from Johns Hopkins. http://www.hopkinsbreastcenter.org/artemis/ xoxo, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Thanks for the link!
      Will check it out
      Knowledge = power !
      Wellness !

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