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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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  • Rita Siomos Profile

    What is the best thing to take for constipation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 7 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I used colace. Didn't always work, so my nurse told me to take a couple a day, rather than one. It helped. A really annoying side effect of the anti-nausea meds! But I guess better than nausea!?

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I had a real bad time with constipation. My Onc. Told me to take miralax. It's gentle & it works. You can get it by prescription or by it over the counter. I also took stool softeners with it as well. I had that side effect all throughout chemo and just had to stay one step ahead. Lol.

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    What do I have to expect from the injection with the radioactive blue dye for the lymph node biopsy? How does the procedure go? Is it painful? I need to have one done the day before my surgery in the right breast close to the nipple.

    Asked by anonymous

    about 9 years 4 answers
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    • sandy glisman Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Mine was done pre-surgery and i had taken a xanax to relax me. I don't remember it being too bad. Ask for something to relax you and a topical numbing cream!! Good luck to you and keep us posted!You are in my thoughts and prayers!!
      Hugs and lucky shamrocks
      Sandy

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    • sandy glisman Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Kornelia,
      Thank you for your well wishes!! This is such a rollercoaster ride of upds and downs. Definately make them give you something to relax and you will be fine!! I will be praying for you consistantly pink lady!! You can do this!! Keep me posted!!
      Hugs and lucky shamrocks
      Sandy

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    Hi! I have just been diagnosed and go for surgery in about 10 days. How long after surgery will I be able to get back to my daily jogging and exercise classes? Also, Will I still be able to jog and go to gym during radiation therapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I agree with the above answer. It depends... on the type of surgery you have. Are you going to have a lumpetomy, mastectomy with just sentinal nodes or full axillary type surgery? Everybody reacts in their own way. You may feel weak and tired. You also need to let your body recover from the...

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      I agree with the above answer. It depends... on the type of surgery you have. Are you going to have a lumpetomy, mastectomy with just sentinal nodes or full axillary type surgery? Everybody reacts in their own way. You may feel weak and tired. You also need to let your body recover from the anesthetic and just the trauma of the surgery. After my mastectomy, I was pretty much back to normal even before the drain was removed. The first two days, I was very, very, tired. I had --zero-- post operative pain. That being said.... I am just one person on one end of the spectrum. There are plenty of other women who had the opposite reaction to a mastectomy. If you have a mastectomy, and plan to have reconstruction, during the mastectomy process, an expander is placed. The expander can give you some grief because I have yet to hear of anyone saying they didn't have discomfort. You probably will be free to do any kind of exercise you feel up to but always check with your surgeon. I am sure your surgeon would be leery of any really vigorous exercise that might cause bleeding or dislodging of drains. You need to listen to your body.... if you are tired, rest. We all have the desire to get back to normal as soon as we can. Don't try to push yourself to do something that is too much. It may set you back in the healing process. I am not saying to become a couch potato, just cooperate with your body to allow it to heal. Please keep in touch with us here. We are here to help support one another through and after this journey. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It will depend on what type of surgery you will be having, you would need more down time for a mastectomy than you would for a lumpectomy. Not sure about jogging and exercise classes you may have to give the gym a miss for a short time. Good luck

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  • Erin Wolf-Goldstein Profile

    What meds are people taking after surgery, chemo, and radation for triple negative Breast Cancer? My Oncologst gave me Tamoxofen, but since this is hormone related feel like I need to change it, any suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Erin, I just read they have recently discovered this drug has some secondary benefits against triple negative BC. . If I were you, I would "google" tamoxifen and triple negative BC. It is good info. And another positive discovery for newer treatment. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I think you should talk to your onc. before you should do some reseach about hormone blockers for TNBC. Then you can have an informed discussian about your tratment.

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