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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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    Can taxol give you flu-like symptoms? For example cough with mucus, running nose and tireness.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had flu symptoms like body aches, but not runny nose and stuff. Possibly just a cold?

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I've never heard of Taxol causing a cough, mucus, or runny nose. Being tired is a major side effect of chemo. Taxol also causes hair loss including nose hair which would cause my nose to occasionally run. The other symptoms you mentioned aren't symptoms of Taxol. It might be a good idea to call...

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      I've never heard of Taxol causing a cough, mucus, or runny nose. Being tired is a major side effect of chemo. Taxol also causes hair loss including nose hair which would cause my nose to occasionally run. The other symptoms you mentioned aren't symptoms of Taxol. It might be a good idea to call your doctor if you're experiencing those symptoms. :)

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  • Bonnie Irwin Profile

    Has anyone else have painful stomach cramps with Taxol? The pain feels more like menstrual cramps that don't go away. If so, what gave you relief?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Joyce Brickley Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I used to have terrible stomach pain for several months with Taxol drugs in my lower ab. I finally got it under control by taking Culturelle everyday. It is a probiotic. God bless you. I pray that you will soon have relief. It did take a week or more for the Culturelle to build up in my system...

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      I used to have terrible stomach pain for several months with Taxol drugs in my lower ab. I finally got it under control by taking Culturelle everyday. It is a probiotic. God bless you. I pray that you will soon have relief. It did take a week or more for the Culturelle to build up in my system and start relieving the pain. My prayers are with you Kim.

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    • Shannon Cates Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have had bad stomach pain as well. I take Ranitidine to help the pain, but it really has not helped much. The pain subsides a little bit when I get the steroids.

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    stage 1 lobular breast cancer did anyone have this how much treatment did you need before surgery no lymph nodes involved

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm ILC no nodes. I had surgery then surgery then radiation now 10 years of Tamoxifen

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    When should someone do chemo?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      There are many individual factors that go into that treatment decision as everyone's circumstances are different.

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