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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.

Related Questions

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    Does taxol become accumulative ? 7 more ......

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It must be somehow, cumulative. I have heard, many times, women have to stop their treatment early as the side effects such as, neuropathy, becomes too severe to continue. Be sure to discuss with your doctor if your side effects are getting worse.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Yes, taxol is cumulative. The symptoms & side effects get worse as treatment goes on. Your onc or nurse should talk to you about this prior to treatment.

      Comment
  • beth  bone Profile

    My sister was recently diagnosed with IDC she is 32 years old, and BRCA positive. Recently her Dr's ordered PET Scan and her insurance denied the cost of scan. Does your foundation help in getting women a pet scan?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Hi Beth,

      I am so sorry to hear about your sister. The National Breast Cancer Foundation partners with hospitals across the United States to provide funding to the hospitals for screening and diagnostic mammograms, clinical breast exams, and breast ultrasounds for uninsured, underinsured, and...

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      Hi Beth,

      I am so sorry to hear about your sister. The National Breast Cancer Foundation partners with hospitals across the United States to provide funding to the hospitals for screening and diagnostic mammograms, clinical breast exams, and breast ultrasounds for uninsured, underinsured, and underserved women. I'm sorry, but PET scans are not included in this.

      However, you may want to go to this link (http://www.imagesofhealth.com/pages/facility-locator.php) to find a facility near your sister that may be able to provide assistance.

      I wish you and your sister all the best.

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  • Vicki Geer Fournier Profile

    Is there anything I can do to get my body/immune system prepared for chemo (i.e. take vitamins plus in addition take vitamin C)?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Vicki, I think just eating a well balanced diet and most important to drinking plenty of fluids. Some oncologists will warn you that there are supplements that actually interfere with the action of the chemotherapy. It is best to talk this over with your oncologist to make sure. Take care, Sharon

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Make sure your oncologist knows everything you decide to try. Hydrate is my best advice. I did taxotere/cytoxan rest, hydrate and walk on the days I could were the best thing for me. I never ended up in hopital or missed a treatment.

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  • Lisa Doheny Profile

    Has anyone ever stopped chemo after 1 treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 8 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am sure in the big world of chemotherapy there have been people who have stopped after one for a variety of reasons. If it is extreme discomfort, lots of things can be done to make it tolerable. I hope women can march their way through the treatment because I hate to hear breast cancer...

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      I am sure in the big world of chemotherapy there have been people who have stopped after one for a variety of reasons. If it is extreme discomfort, lots of things can be done to make it tolerable. I hope women can march their way through the treatment because I hate to hear breast cancer winning.... it is such a lousy disease. Treatment isn't fun by any means but one needs to work with their oncologist and support system to fight, fight, fight!

      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I wanted to stop but my doctor wouldn't let me.. If it gets to bad ask if u can fluids 2 days after chemo that's the only thing that helped me. Best of luck

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