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.
Asked by anonymousLearning About Breast Cancer
That would be prone position facing down. My center does not have that type of radiation machine. So I am doing it on my back to my R breast. I would of preferred to have it in the prone position. Google it you will find info on it. I just finished 27 of 33 I start 7 boost tomorrow "yippie" then...
That would be prone position facing down. My center does not have that type of radiation machine. So I am doing it on my back to my R breast. I would of preferred to have it in the prone position. Google it you will find info on it. I just finished 27 of 33 I start 7 boost tomorrow "yippie" then I will be done with my radiation. I am pink my skin has do e very well. So glad... Good luck... Hugs to ya Tena
No choice either. 30 treatments 7 boosts I did okComment 0
Asked by anonymous
TNBC is aggressive. The only treatment is chemo and rads. I also am Triple Negative. Did 6 treatments of chemo. It has been two years and am still NED!!Comment 1
Chemo is almost always a must with tnbc... go to tnbcfoundation.org A forumn dedicated to tnbc. Will be very helpful. God Bless xxxxxComment 0
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Now I understand why your team is putting off the staging until after your preliminary treatment as they are expecting the tumor to shrink. It makes perfect sense. Hang in there and hopefully that tumor will get a whole lot smaller. Please keep in touch with us. Big hugs and take care, SharonComment 0
There are actually different circumstances where oncologists would recommend chemo 1st. Many, many, reasons that don't paint a bleak picture in the least. As for hiding something from you.... I do not think they do that. When I was having my biopsy, the doctor told me to "expect this to come...
There are actually different circumstances where oncologists would recommend chemo 1st. Many, many, reasons that don't paint a bleak picture in the least. As for hiding something from you.... I do not think they do that. When I was having my biopsy, the doctor told me to "expect this to come back as breast cancer..." There was nothing "warm and fuzzy" about her statement.
The next time you have an appointment with him/her, take a friend, or relative with you. They can be your scribe and take notes. Your job is to ask questions and get answers. I really believe lack of information is the most terrifying thing about having breast cancer. I remember when I heard all of the facts, including the pathology report, I finally knew all the answers to all my questions. I knew how we were going to proceed and the treatment plan was in full view. There was something much more reassuring and almost comfortable in finally having that knowledge. Please stay in touch with us here. We have all been where you are and really want to support our sisters in this journey. You will be ok... it is just one foot in front of the other and one appointment at a time.
Take care, Sharon
Asked by anonymousLearning About Breast Cancer
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