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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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  • Sabrina Higgins Profile

    Just was diagnosed with stage 2, treatment is removal and chemo for 4 months . Just would like to know what to expected after surgery and chemo

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 5 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Welcome! A cancer diagnosis is scary and overwhelming. Thanks for reaching out. Are you having a lumpectomy or mastectomy? Reconstruction? What type of chemo? This info will help us share some tips and experiences. Allow people to do things for you. It makes them feel good to be able to...

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      Welcome! A cancer diagnosis is scary and overwhelming. Thanks for reaching out. Are you having a lumpectomy or mastectomy? Reconstruction? What type of chemo? This info will help us share some tips and experiences. Allow people to do things for you. It makes them feel good to be able to help and you will feel loved! It helped me to take the anti nausea meds as directed. Use plastic utensils to help with the metal taste. Keep hydrated and rest when you need it. Eat small meals and keep bland snacks on hand. I liked graham crackers. Hope you have a smooth surgery and recovery. Keep the questions coming. We are here for you!

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    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Hi Sabrina,

      Each stage of this journey you are on has it's own set of needs. You'll start with what you will need with the surgery, depending on what kind you are having. You will then have brandy new needs for chemo and once again with radiation. We will help you each step of the way if you...

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      Hi Sabrina,

      Each stage of this journey you are on has it's own set of needs. You'll start with what you will need with the surgery, depending on what kind you are having. You will then have brandy new needs for chemo and once again with radiation. We will help you each step of the way if you have any questions. Right now just focus on what's next for you. You have a lot of information coming at you and it's hard to process it all. Take someone with you, if you can, on doctor appointments so there is another set of ears to help listen. Being prepared for each step will help you greatly. I wish you the best today, tomorrow and always. Roz

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  • Erin Timlin Profile

    What kind of pain should I expect? I am having a right mastectomy with an expander on Wednesday. I have two little ones at home so I am wondering about recovery as well.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    about 8 years 9 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Thanks everyone. I am home and feeling great - so much better than I anticipated. I had nodes removed a month ago during breast conservation surgery which went great, but the extensive pathology revealed stage 0 DCIS so I had to go ahead with the mastectomy. At this point the pain isn't that bad....

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      Thanks everyone. I am home and feeling great - so much better than I anticipated. I had nodes removed a month ago during breast conservation surgery which went great, but the extensive pathology revealed stage 0 DCIS so I had to go ahead with the mastectomy. At this point the pain isn't that bad. Thanks for all your responses!

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I had a right mastectomy with expanders also. I had a difficult time with the expanders, they really hurt. I was out of commission for about 3 weeks, then I could drive, walk the dogs etc. Didntntake too much pain relievers

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    Ok. New issue. My silicone implant (put in in May) has "deflated" on one side. It's under my armpit and is deformed. Tthe nipple and areola are way off to the side. Anyone else? Ideas? Can't see doc 'till tomorrow.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 7 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Praying for u. God bless.

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    • Alissa Dawson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Evelyn! How do your silicone expanders feel to you. Mine feel very mushy and not at all firm. I'm at a loss as to know what we should feel like and look like after this

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  • Debbie Mattox Profile

    My appt is scheduled for the morning to have the pain in my breast and the swelling in my armpit checked. Is there anything specific I should ask or find out? I'm getting really nervous

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Debbie, I understand your being scared. Hugs. Make sure you go to a reputable women's center. They may want to do a mammogram with ultrasound first. Make sure they give you an answer that you're satisfied with. If not...then you can have the option of having them do an MRI or biopsy. I've...

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      Hi Debbie, I understand your being scared. Hugs. Make sure you go to a reputable women's center. They may want to do a mammogram with ultrasound first. Make sure they give you an answer that you're satisfied with. If not...then you can have the option of having them do an MRI or biopsy. I've found you have to be proactive with your health. Let us know how you are. Hugs

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This sounds so redundant but I completely agree with Diana. PLEASE let us know.

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