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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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  • Jonna Diaz Profile

    Well, I had my first chemo treatment on Thursday, 7/12/12,.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • Jonna Diaz Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Because of this we site I was very calm. I know everyone reacts differently but just the communication with others going through similar experiences really helped me a lot.
      I had a few very mild side effects Thursday through Friday afternoon. I wrote them all down along with the times that the...

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      Because of this we site I was very calm. I know everyone reacts differently but just the communication with others going through similar experiences really helped me a lot.
      I had a few very mild side effects Thursday through Friday afternoon. I wrote them all down along with the times that the simptims started. When I went in for my neulatsa injection, Friday afternoon, I went over them with the nurse.
      I had light chest pain Thursday afternoon and evening that came and went but it was gone by Friday morning. The nurse said that it was OK. If its was a constant pain then that would be a possible concern but that was not the case with me. The palms of my hands got hot and felt prickly. The nurse stated that the was probably from hormones in the pre-meds before the chemo administration. I also had a very light headache, it is more of a back ground thing. I still have it even today but it is very tolerable.
      I have done, I feel, very well. I have been up and about doing things around the house, example; dishes, laundry, cooking, etc. However, I am taking it easy not doing to much.
      I was told by the doctors, nurses and pharmacist that the patients that get up and move seem to do better than the ones that just sit around and stay stationary. I am taking their advise. I have even tried to do some light walking. However, I am only doing what I feel like doing and no more.
      Another lady that was getting her first treatment at the same time as me wasn't doing as well as me. I saw her when I went in for the neulasta injection, Friday afternoon, and she was having really bad headaches and neausia. So, just keep in mind that everyone is different and do only what you feel you can.
      I just pray that it doesn't get to bad. I am taking it one day at a time. I know that each day will be a new journey.

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    • Maria Torstensson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Jonna! I'm just a few days behind you and will start my chemo treatments on Tuesday. It's been very good for me to read about your concerns and your reaction. I hope the reaction of the treatments want be worse for you. I still hope that I will be strong enough to work the days when I'm...

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      Hi Jonna! I'm just a few days behind you and will start my chemo treatments on Tuesday. It's been very good for me to read about your concerns and your reaction. I hope the reaction of the treatments want be worse for you. I still hope that I will be strong enough to work the days when I'm feeling well. I have been told to exercise in order to be strong in front of the treatments and I have really tried to prepare myself. I wish you all the best and take care. //Maria in Sweden

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  • Olga  Antley Profile

    What is the best treatment for invasive lobular carcinoma?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Barbara's right. You treatment depends on so many factors. Cancer stage, grade of tumor, oncotype, er/pr status, HER2 status, BRACA,. I recommend gathering up all your test results and read & learn everything you can about your type of breast cancer & what your options are. That way you will feel...

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      Barbara's right. You treatment depends on so many factors. Cancer stage, grade of tumor, oncotype, er/pr status, HER2 status, BRACA,. I recommend gathering up all your test results and read & learn everything you can about your type of breast cancer & what your options are. That way you will feel more empowered and able to make a more informed decision concerning treatment.

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    • Barbara Rowan Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It depends on your tumor makeup. I had stage 1, no lymph nodes and clear margins. But, because I was a grade 3 tumor, I had a lumpectomy, am receiving 12 rounds of Abraxane and Carboplatin over 12 weeks to be followed up by 7 weeks of radiation. I would recommend talking to your dr about the...

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      It depends on your tumor makeup. I had stage 1, no lymph nodes and clear margins. But, because I was a grade 3 tumor, I had a lumpectomy, am receiving 12 rounds of Abraxane and Carboplatin over 12 weeks to be followed up by 7 weeks of radiation. I would recommend talking to your dr about the Oncotype DX test. This will do an in-depth look at your tumor to see if you would benefit from chemo. Best of luck.

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  • Yvette Shamayleh Profile

    how long between biopsy, diagnosis and surgery?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 9 answers
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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Biopsy tumor and nodes 12/12/12. He told me then I had cancer. 12/12/12 got phone call. Met with Nurse Navigator for two hour discussion about cancer. Next day met with surgeon, oncologist and radiation oncologist. Had Mugga. Bone scan, Ct scan... Started chemo 12/20/12... If the cancer is...

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      Biopsy tumor and nodes 12/12/12. He told me then I had cancer. 12/12/12 got phone call. Met with Nurse Navigator for two hour discussion about cancer. Next day met with surgeon, oncologist and radiation oncologist. Had Mugga. Bone scan, Ct scan... Started chemo 12/20/12... If the cancer is aggressive grade 3 and her2 you need quick aggressive action. If it is DCIS Or grade 1 you can go ahead and take a vacation or have Christmas first.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Diagnosis was a couple of days after biopsy. Surgery was about 3 weeks after, but it would have been sooner, but I delayed it a week because of my daughter's wedding.

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  • Cheryl Wornham Profile

    I had a lumpectomy Aug 31st...how long do they usually wait till your treatments start?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Alyssa Vito Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Depends on how well you heal. Usually about six weeks.

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