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Treatment

 
Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 8 - Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a treatment method that uses a combination of drugs to either destroy cancer cells or slow cancer cell growth. Cytotoxic drugs (meaning “toxic to cells”) are taken intravenously (through the bloodstream) or orally. Chemotherapy is a systemic therapy, meaning that the drugs travel in the bloodstream through the entire body.

Chemotherapy is offered to most patients based on several factors: tumor type, grade, size, receptor status, lymph node involvement and the risk for spread elsewhere. Your medical team will work to select the right blend of chemotherapy drugs to suppress each stage of the cancer cells’ growth. Chemotherapy is commonly prescribed along with other treatment methods such as hormonal and targeted therapies. It can also be used to shrink a tumor before surgery for easier and safer removal.

If you receive chemotherapy, your doctor will administer it in short courses, with several weeks in between to allow your normal cells to recover. This treatment period can be a challenging time emotionally and physically; it is important for you to develop a support team of family or friends that can help comfort and encourage you in this time.

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    Has anyone had injections, during chemotherapy treatment, to boost white blood cells?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 6 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sorry...it's used to boost the white blood cells so that you can have treatments relatively close together. It can cause body aches which I experienced and they got worse as I had more treatments. I took claritin (for some reason it helps the aches) and 800mg ibuprofen. The aches lasted about...

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      Sorry...it's used to boost the white blood cells so that you can have treatments relatively close together. It can cause body aches which I experienced and they got worse as I had more treatments. I took claritin (for some reason it helps the aches) and 800mg ibuprofen. The aches lasted about 2 days and that was is. Remarkably, I remained very healthy throughout my treatment last winter. Good luck!

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I did. It's called neulasta and I had it a day or two after treatment. It

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    Did anyone get permanent make-up for eye brows before starting chemo? Do you think it's too risky?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Didn't think of getting them before but went and had my eye brows tattood a few weeks ago and they are fantastic, I should have done it years ago. I am extremely happy with them. Go for it I say, it will help you to feel better about yourself and it seems to give your whole face a lift.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I didn't lose mine until the end and didn't notice until thy started growing back! I dont think I would have gotten them tattooed though. I would have just used make up. He'll grow back quickly bc they're so short!

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    How can you tell a tumor from hard tissue from treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Daphne Beitman Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Get to know your breasts by doing monthly self exams and note/keep track of any abnormalities you believe you feel. A tumor will grow, normal dense tissue will not. When in doubt have your doctor schedule a mammogram, especially if you're under 40 years old with a family history of the disease....

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      Get to know your breasts by doing monthly self exams and note/keep track of any abnormalities you believe you feel. A tumor will grow, normal dense tissue will not. When in doubt have your doctor schedule a mammogram, especially if you're under 40 years old with a family history of the disease. If you you have no family history have a yearly mammogram beginning at 40.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I want to use this medium to share my testimony to the public, hopefully to safe life also, Am Brandi Harri, I was diagnosed of Breast Cancer Three years ago, when i had my last baby, my world came crashing down when my Doctor told me that nothing could be done to save me after fighting this...

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      I want to use this medium to share my testimony to the public, hopefully to safe life also, Am Brandi Harri, I was diagnosed of Breast Cancer Three years ago, when i had my last baby, my world came crashing down when my Doctor told me that nothing could be done to save me after fighting this deadly disease with Chemo And Radiation for Two Years but i refused to sit back and wait until the day it finally decides to take my life so i went in search of help which i found in the hands of Priest Babaka through his Cannabis oil/Herb Soap Supplement. God use him to bring life back to me and gave my life a meaning again,am alive now all because of him, sir God will continue to Bless you and your family for this good work and word of truth..If you have any issue of CANCER don't hestitate to contact him with this email : babaka.wolf@gmail.com

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  • vicki e Profile

    Seroma update - doing outpatient surgery tomorrow to clear her. She now has hematoma too. We don't need this in the middle of chemo. Prayers please.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 6 answers

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