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Treatment

 
Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Treatment Introduction
In recent years, due to earlier detection and more effective treatments, many women diagnosed with breast cancer overcome the disease and go on to live healthy lives.

Treatment Options Recommended By Your Health Care Provider
It’s important to understand the different types of treatment options available to you, because you are an integral part of your decision-making team. Your medical team will advocate certain treatments, but they will also seek your input.

They will recommend a plan based on:
- Stage of cancer and whether or not it has spread
- Type of cancer, and status of the estrogen, progesterone, or HER2/neu receptors found in the cancer cells
- Your age, health, and menstrual/menopausal stage
- And whether or not this is your first cancer treatment

In general, there are five treatment options, and most treatment plans include a combination of the following:
1) Surgery
2) Radiation
3) Hormone Therapy
4) Chemotherapy
5) Targeted Therapies

Some are local, targeting just the area around the tumor with surgery or radiation. Others are systemic, targeting your whole body with cancer-fighting agents such as chemotherapy.

Most women receive a combination of treatments, but each case is unique, and your medical team will work to find the most effective treatment for you.

Getting A Second Opinion
Even so, you may find yourself second-guessing their recommendations or suggested treatment plan. If you’re hesitant for any reason, you should get the opinion of another doctor before beginning treatment. Your doctor will not mind if you want a second opinion; some insurance plans even require it.

Again, don’t hesitate to ask your medical team questions. When it comes to getting a second opinion, you are your own best advocate.

Related Questions

  • Kavita Vora Profile

    is is okay to apply Miaderm Cancer Radiation Treatment lotion on skin breakout and open wound which were caused by radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Kativa,
      I went through radiation and my dr told me to use Neosporin on the area it was serverly burnt and opening it did work for me but ask your Dr. If that would be ok or can he or she suggest something else

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    • L Parker Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I used Miaderm and it was great in dealing with the damage from radiation. You should check with your doctor about using it.

      Comment
  • Lydia Bujanda Profile

    Should I worry? I'm almost 3 weeks post-op for a unilateral mastectomy including immediate reconstruction with an expander. My drain is out and I've noticed a small "squishy" bump at the top of the breast. Could this be fluid retaining in that spot?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes, it is probably just some fluid but show it to your doctor when you go back to have your fluid expansions done. I am sure it is nothing to worry about and will start to go down soon. Good luck with it all.

      Comment
    • Sarah Phinney Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I'd recommend asking your doctor. But I had the tissue expanders as well, and my odd "squishy pockets" we're the expander that we're just a little flappy in small places since I wasn't yet fully expanded. Best wishes!

      Comment
  • Francine Williams Profile

    I started my 1st Chemo 3 weeks ago. In to my 2nd one, I read that my hair was going to fall out 13days after...but it's shedding so will it even fall?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 6 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Greetings Francine in preparation of being told that I would lose my hair once I started chemotherapy I did a pre cut into a cute short style prior to starting my treatments. 14 days after my 1st round of Chemotherapy my hair started shedding. Since I didn't want to wake up daily running to...

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      Greetings Francine in preparation of being told that I would lose my hair once I started chemotherapy I did a pre cut into a cute short style prior to starting my treatments. 14 days after my 1st round of Chemotherapy my hair started shedding. Since I didn't want to wake up daily running to the mirror to see how much was coming out and having hair loss spots all over my head I made an appointment with a barber and had it shaved off knowing that it would eventually grow back I got use to the new look and honestly prefer the bald look over the thinning and shedding . I received many compliments with the bald look. Not sure if people were just giving me the compliments out of sympathy or if they were sincere (LOL) After completing all my treatments it eventually started growing back. Also I have to admit it was quite interesting having various hair styles as my hair continued to grow different lengths. But the bottom line is that you must be happy in whatever decision you make as to cutting it now or just letting it shed daily. Continue to stay encouraged and know that someone that has walked in your shoes is keeping you lifted up in prayer.
      Love and Blessings
      Your Sister of Hope

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My hair didn't fall out until day 20 (with chemo treatment #1 being day 1). When it did start falling out it came out fast. What helped me was that I shaved my head around day 10 so that I would be ready when it did come out. To me, having 1/8" hair come out was less traumatizing than having 8"...

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      My hair didn't fall out until day 20 (with chemo treatment #1 being day 1). When it did start falling out it came out fast. What helped me was that I shaved my head around day 10 so that I would be ready when it did come out. To me, having 1/8" hair come out was less traumatizing than having 8" hair come out!

      I finished my 8th and final treatment last week! I wish you the best of luck!

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  • noreen green Profile

    been prescribed aremedix for stage 2 lymph nodes negative breast cancer had bilateral mastectomy no Chen or radiation am terrified to start taking aremedix because of the negative things I,he heard does anyone have any positive feedback on this drug

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 10 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I think we've all been relucant to try something that is recommended after reading about it but just because some experience problems means you will. I'd say give it a try and like the others said there are other things that can be used if you have any problems with it.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Noreen , i felt the same way a year ago when i started Tamixifen hiwever ut wasnt so bad in the big pucture. I might be chaging drugs next month since i am post menopausal. However there are several different drugs and if the side effects are bad your doc will make changes. Lucky no chemo or...

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      Noreen , i felt the same way a year ago when i started Tamixifen hiwever ut wasnt so bad in the big pucture. I might be chaging drugs next month since i am post menopausal. However there are several different drugs and if the side effects are bad your doc will make changes. Lucky no chemo or radiation the worst is over. Its n ot a death sentence and it does get better when your bidy adjusts to the drug.

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