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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 I opt out of radiation or all treatments for my Stage 1 cancer? And what would be the result if I wanted to have it later?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I would strongly suggest getting all the treatment your dr suggests for your stage one cancer. Without treatment your stage one cancer could enter the lymph nodes and then would become invasive with a possibility of spreading to your bones, liver, lungs, etc. I am stage three and would give...

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      I would strongly suggest getting all the treatment your dr suggests for your stage one cancer. Without treatment your stage one cancer could enter the lymph nodes and then would become invasive with a possibility of spreading to your bones, liver, lungs, etc. I am stage three and would give anything to have been caught in an earlier stage. Please get your treatments!

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Diana. I had stage 0 breast cancer and did 30 treatments of radiation and am now taking Tamoxifen. We are very blessed. I don't want to live with regrets

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    Has anyone had a negative MRI of a palpable breast lump? should I still request a biopsy? they stated they don't need to do one because of MRI. Does this sound right?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      For peace of mind take your records and get a second opinion. You know your body better than anybody. You need to be satisfied with the outcome. God Bless your journey.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I've only heard of false positives on MRIs.

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  • Leticia O Profile

    What skin products can you use during radiation therapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3B Patient
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You can use anything but do not use anything I think 3-4 hours before you have radiation. I had radiation first thing in the morning and put creams on before I went to bed then immediately after radiation. I hope this helps and best of luck to you.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I started with clear 100% aloe right after my first treatment and then everyday right after. I also used aquafor (sp?) at night when it got bad. Also used creams they gave me throughout the day. My skin wasn't too bad until the end and I continued with skin care until it healed. Now 4 weeks...

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      I started with clear 100% aloe right after my first treatment and then everyday right after. I also used aquafor (sp?) at night when it got bad. Also used creams they gave me throughout the day. My skin wasn't too bad until the end and I continued with skin care until it healed. Now 4 weeks later and it looks great! My doctor was surprised it was in such good shape considering how fair skinned I am.

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  • sylvia clark Profile

    Has anyone had to take a pill for 5 years after all the chemo? And why does it feel like I am the only one? :-(

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 14 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You are defiantly not the only one, most women I know or have heard of have to take hormone treatment for at least five years. Some of us will be on it indefinitely. You will find many, many woman on this forum that are on the same treatment. Good luck with it all.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Sylvia, I was put on Tamoxifen about three weeks ago. I will have to be on medicine for at least five years or more.

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