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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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    Has anyone been recommended to take a DIM supplement for fibrocystic changes by gynie ???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      DIM (diindolyimethane) I found a lot of information on a site called MEDtv. Here is the link
      http://menopause.emedtv.com/menopause/dim-supplement-information.html Be sure to read the segments in the box with the heading **DIM Supplement Information.** There are a lot of links to additional...

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      DIM (diindolyimethane) I found a lot of information on a site called MEDtv. Here is the link
      http://menopause.emedtv.com/menopause/dim-supplement-information.html Be sure to read the segments in the box with the heading **DIM Supplement Information.** There are a lot of links to additional info. This is recent news, from March 2012.

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    • nancy  wilcox Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am the one who wrote about the odd right breast problem after Mammo x2 and US. What I read about DIM makes sense for younger woman who have fibrocystic breasts, but I am 61 and have been post menopausal for 7 yrs. And these fibrocyvtic changes in my right breast are just not normal at...

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      I am the one who wrote about the odd right breast problem after Mammo x2 and US. What I read about DIM makes sense for younger woman who have fibrocystic breasts, but I am 61 and have been post menopausal for 7 yrs. And these fibrocyvtic changes in my right breast are just not normal at all. I am going to call my gynie tomorrow about having a MRI-

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  • Goma Rai Profile

    Has anybody had wisdom tooths taken out while on chemo??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • T H Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      As I have read and advised you should not attempt to have to much dental work done. While going through chemo.

      1 comment
    • Karen Milburn Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Hi, I was taking A/C every other week then would take Taxol every other week. And had a abscessed tooth. It was actually a tooth that I had a root canal on 25 years ago and had it crowned. I at first was like , how can I have a tooth ache with a tooth that has no roots and is...

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      Hi, I was taking A/C every other week then would take Taxol every other week. And had a abscessed tooth. It was actually a tooth that I had a root canal on 25 years ago and had it crowned. I at first was like , how can I have a tooth ache with a tooth that has no roots and is capped/crowned.

      I called my oncologist because my paper work said get all dental work cleared through oncologist. They said I could have exam, xrays etc, but no dental with without checking with oncologist.

      I just finished my last A/C treatment - I had to take meds for the tooth infection and could have dental work only the 3 days BEFORE my chemo. I was able to not skip a treatment. I had to get the tooth pulled ... Had it pulled on Tuesday and had Chemo on Thursday. Oncologist said as long as my blood work came back good , I will get the chemo.

      Hope this helps.

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  • Connie Herrick Profile

    I have been taking Letrozole (femara) for 3 years. What side effects are any of you having? I am experiencing hip, knee, and elbow soreness. Also I seem to be gaining a lot of belly fat even though my weight is remaining the same.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Connie, it's funny you should say that about the belly fat . I have not gained weight at all, and have noticed the same thing. I have some joint pain and insomnia , But the worst for me has been flu like symptoms. .at times I have to skip a day , to be able to stay on it. It is the only...

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      Connie, it's funny you should say that about the belly fat . I have not gained weight at all, and have noticed the same thing. I have some joint pain and insomnia , But the worst for me has been flu like symptoms. .at times I have to skip a day , to be able to stay on it. It is the only medicine that I take that is only available in one dosage strength. I have been looking for studies done on varying doses, and only found one comparing .5 and 2.5.

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    • Becky Lynn Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Glucosamine chondroitin has helped my joint pain

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    Anyone tried cannabis for your breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 8 answers
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    • Samantha (Admin) Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Mary Anne, it seems as if there is a glitch with the anonymous feature. We will be working to resolve this issue asap.

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    • Mary Anne Babicky-Bouton Profile
      anonymous
      stage_4 Patient

      I don't mean to ask these questions anonymously, my name is Mary Anne and I belong to the sight. I need to find out what I'm doing wrong.

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