Chapter: 6 - Treatment
Subchapter: 1 - 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:
3) Hormone Therapy
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.
Asked by anonymousLearning About Breast Cancer
I had to wait 3-4 weeks between chemo and surgery and surgery and radiation. Yor body needs time to recover after each treatment. Good luck!!2 comments 0
I had surgery on April 9, and meet with the oncologist on April 23. But I still have my drains in, and I have not had the oncotype test yet. Called the oncologist's office and they said I have to see him before he will order the test.1 comment 0
Asked by anonymousStage 2A Patient
ONCATYPEDX test saved me from having to go through 20 weeks of chemotherapy! I still had to give up both of my breasts and ovaries, and I still have to take some narly follow up meds, but I don't have to kill my blood or lose my hair. I feel it gave me back 10 months of my life. My prayer is...
ONCATYPEDX test saved me from having to go through 20 weeks of chemotherapy! I still had to give up both of my breasts and ovaries, and I still have to take some narly follow up meds, but I don't have to kill my blood or lose my hair. I feel it gave me back 10 months of my life. My prayer is that yours will turn out the same. Please keep us posted. If you ever need to talk, please write me. firstname.lastname@example.org Will not let you go through this alone. : )
It seems like forever waiting on oncotype results!!! Good luck to you & let us know the results :)3 comments 1
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Asked by anonymousPatient
Everyone's cancer is different (even with the same type as yours) so treatment plans are individualized. You need to get all the info. and then make a decision and if you need to seek another opinion. I'm sorry to hear you've joined this group but know we are all here for you. Take care, BettiComment 1
60 - 70% is pretty good odds. I would go ahead with that treatment. You are young, and have a lot of life ahead of you. It would be my thought, you need to take advantage of the treatment that is out there for you right now. I didn't find chemotherapy to be that difficult contrary to what I...
60 - 70% is pretty good odds. I would go ahead with that treatment. You are young, and have a lot of life ahead of you. It would be my thought, you need to take advantage of the treatment that is out there for you right now. I didn't find chemotherapy to be that difficult contrary to what I had imagined. Triple negative is a pretty tough customer and I would do everything to fight it. Take care, Sharon
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