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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

  • Mary George Profile

    Just diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, left breast and one node. No details about size or grade until next week. Looking for light at the end of the tunnel. Would appreciate any info on length of treatment and surgery choices made by others.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 4 years 12 answers
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    • Lisa Gainey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Mary! Just take a minute and breathe! There are so many options and treatments available. Your onc will discuss what they feel is the best treatment for you. I have stage 4, and have undergone radiation and currently am undergoing chemo weekly. We refer to it as my "wkly maintenance and...

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      Hi Mary! Just take a minute and breathe! There are so many options and treatments available. Your onc will discuss what they feel is the best treatment for you. I have stage 4, and have undergone radiation and currently am undergoing chemo weekly. We refer to it as my "wkly maintenance and tune up". I am not a candidate for surgery yet, but my day will come. Keep a positive outlook and know that there are many of us fighting this together. Keep smiling!

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Welcome to the Pink Sister Club.. They are an amazing group. Glad you are reaching out. I had the same exact diagnosis - mastectomy, reconstruction with expander then saline implant, 4 rounds of AC, 2 years Tamoxifen and 5 years of Arimidex. 10 years after my bc diagnosis, I am doing great!...

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      Welcome to the Pink Sister Club.. They are an amazing group. Glad you are reaching out. I had the same exact diagnosis - mastectomy, reconstruction with expander then saline implant, 4 rounds of AC, 2 years Tamoxifen and 5 years of Arimidex. 10 years after my bc diagnosis, I am doing great! Thank God! It will be a grueling year... take one day at a time, do things that bring your joy, allow others to do things for you, cry in the shower when you need to and you will get through this! Keep the questions coming! We care about you!!!

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  • frances pensato Profile

    I am on tomoxifin . I have my muscles and joints bothering me. When does this stop?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Muscle and joint pain is one of the side effects of tamoxifen for me it peeked between 6-8 months after starting tamoxifen being the worse or most intense of the side effects then it balanced out maybe I just got use to it. It is more tolerable with a daily dose of Advil

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I have been on it for six weeks and the worst thing for me is hot flashes. Oh Lordy!

      4 comments
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    My first treatment was Wednesday and so far so good. (no sickness or anything) Thank you god. I'm praying the next treatments go good too. Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      The steroids and anti-nausea meds work wonders for the first 48 hours or so after treatment. That's the time when the most uncomfortable side effects might occur. Once those are out of your system (by now, maybe, you may start to feel icky, like you're hungover, for example. I just felt heavy...

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      The steroids and anti-nausea meds work wonders for the first 48 hours or so after treatment. That's the time when the most uncomfortable side effects might occur. Once those are out of your system (by now, maybe, you may start to feel icky, like you're hungover, for example. I just felt heavy and tired and queasy but not enough to make me sick or keep me from doing what I usually do. Hope you're still feeling well!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am hoping and praying your treatments continue like the first one. I also had no sickness except feeling a bit like I had the flu.... felt tired for a couple of days. I thank God, it all went quite tolerable. I did have a reaction to an additive but not to the chemotherapy itself. I hope...

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      I am hoping and praying your treatments continue like the first one. I also had no sickness except feeling a bit like I had the flu.... felt tired for a couple of days. I thank God, it all went quite tolerable. I did have a reaction to an additive but not to the chemotherapy itself. I hope you will share the positive stories of chemotherapy with anyone who is having that type of treatment. You just don't know how anyone is going to react to that stuff. Continued good luck to you. God's blessings..... Sharon

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  • Erin Timlin Profile

    Anyone have trouble with yeast infections after chemo? I finished a month ago and think I have one. I have had a little trouble with my skin as well.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    almost 6 years 6 answers
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    • Dee Layng Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes I did from my first chemo, of course I have only had one so far lol. You should see your family doctor right away, at least thats what my oncologist suggested. Good luck.

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    • Deborah St. Aubin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes I also had a yeast infection and thrush inside my mouth after first chemo treatment. My oncologist called in a script for the yeast infection and Magic mouthwash Bogor the thrush in my mouth, within a few days I felt south bet

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