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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

  • julie s Profile

    Care to share your experience? I'm recovering from 4th chemo... having hard time.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Jennifer Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Hi Julie, #4 kicked my bootie too. Hang in there kiddo--I have 3 more to go. How many more do you have?

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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I'm sorry to hear you r having a rough time , dumb chemo does so much crap to our bodies :-(, stay on your pain pills and anti nausea meds if u have them and drink lots of water maybe even Popsicles . It will pass I know it's very draining , I felt severe joint pains after my 4th and many other...

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      I'm sorry to hear you r having a rough time , dumb chemo does so much crap to our bodies :-(, stay on your pain pills and anti nausea meds if u have them and drink lots of water maybe even Popsicles . It will pass I know it's very draining , I felt severe joint pains after my 4th and many other bad side effects .too many ! But . Try stretching n walking It helped me big time ! You will recover , it will pass! Take care , Celien

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    What are the consequences of removing lymph nodes

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Developing lymphadema. My surgeon said the nightmare of doing surgery like this is her patient developing this condition.

      Comment
    • Deborah Camacho Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      It helps determine if the cancer has spread

      Comment
  • Kim Wallis Profile

    Has anyone experienced loose motions, fatigue and weight loss while on Tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am not taking Tamoxifen but I am pretty sure those of us taking that drug can give you a bunch of side effects. I would talk to your oncologist about the side effects and also talk to your pharmacist. I have received wonderful information from my pharmacist that I didn't get from my doctor. ...

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      I am not taking Tamoxifen but I am pretty sure those of us taking that drug can give you a bunch of side effects. I would talk to your oncologist about the side effects and also talk to your pharmacist. I have received wonderful information from my pharmacist that I didn't get from my doctor. Good luck to you and hang in there!

      Comment
    • Helen Schuchhardt Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I wish I had weight loss!! Instead, I have gained about 1/2 lb a week since I have been on Tamoxifen! (About 2 months now). My Oncologist did say that different people have different reactions. Yes, I have been very tired too. But, I have maintained a pretty rigorous workout schedule and that...

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      I wish I had weight loss!! Instead, I have gained about 1/2 lb a week since I have been on Tamoxifen! (About 2 months now). My Oncologist did say that different people have different reactions. Yes, I have been very tired too. But, I have maintained a pretty rigorous workout schedule and that helps a little bit. My Oncologist reminded me of the stress we all go through with the cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments and it will take time to bounce back.

      Good Luck Friend!

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  • michelle j Profile

    Getting ready to start chemo this week. Feel like I just accepted the fact that I have breast cancer. Found out today my pet scan came back with liver abnormalities (blood work was normal, though). I feel so scared!

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Michelle,
      I would not get too worried about it. Scans are SO sensitive they can see the tiniest of flaws in various organs that turn out to be JUST US. I also had something on one of my scans that turned out to just be a oddity of my.... whatever. The fact that you have normal liver tests...

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      Michelle,
      I would not get too worried about it. Scans are SO sensitive they can see the tiniest of flaws in various organs that turn out to be JUST US. I also had something on one of my scans that turned out to just be a oddity of my.... whatever. The fact that you have normal liver tests speaks to your liver being healthy. They just have to get baselines. One of the techs I spoke to told me not to worry about these baselines... they are just baselines. I truly think this time where you don't have all the pieces of the puzzle is very scary. It will all level out. Just what you need to hear.... abnormalities.... arrrgh. If your doctor isn't getting jazzed about it then I wouldn't get too upset. Hang in there Michelle. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Francine Williams Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      U will be fine;)Praying that God will lead u through all of this and remember you will have a TESTIMONY at the end of it all!!Good Luck

      Comment

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