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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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  • deborah lewis Profile

    Found lump November. Mammo/ultrasound December. Told me cyst. Grew so had removed March by local general surgeon. Told in midApril IDBC. Oncologist surgeon I saw then.told me very slow growing . Still waiting on him. Freaking out.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 2 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Marianne is right, you need for your oncologist and a breast cancer surgeon to look at your pathology report, and go over it with you. First, you will find out if you have clear margins. Also, a treatment plan for your specific type of cancer. If they haven't called you, call and make an...

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      Marianne is right, you need for your oncologist and a breast cancer surgeon to look at your pathology report, and go over it with you. First, you will find out if you have clear margins. Also, a treatment plan for your specific type of cancer. If they haven't called you, call and make an appointment to speak to the doctor right away.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If you don't have a pathology report get one. The make an appointment with an medical oncologist and have him/her look at and explain it and help you decide how or if you need to proceed.

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    is there a need to go treatment after breast tumor surgery

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      There are many variables in determining the best treatment. Size, type, grade (how aggressive), age, quality of life, contained or infiltrating, has it spread.... The team of doctors and patient can determine the best plan, An oncotype score can predict how the tumor will respond to...

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      There are many variables in determining the best treatment. Size, type, grade (how aggressive), age, quality of life, contained or infiltrating, has it spread.... The team of doctors and patient can determine the best plan, An oncotype score can predict how the tumor will respond to treatment. Research using breast cancer,org, cancer.org and this website will be great resources about treatment. Keep the questions coming! We are here for you!

      Comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      What has your doctor(s) told you? I had an Oncotype DX test to see if I needed chemo. like my onc. recommended. It indicated I could get by with an estrogen blocker only but in agreeing to it it would drop my recurrance rate down. I also had 28 rad. treatments. I decided to be as aggressive...

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      What has your doctor(s) told you? I had an Oncotype DX test to see if I needed chemo. like my onc. recommended. It indicated I could get by with an estrogen blocker only but in agreeing to it it would drop my recurrance rate down. I also had 28 rad. treatments. I decided to be as aggressive as I could and don't regret it. Gather your info. and make decision(s) right for you as each case is different.

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  • Lisa Doheny Profile

    Has anyone ever stopped chemo after 1 treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am sure in the big world of chemotherapy there have been people who have stopped after one for a variety of reasons. If it is extreme discomfort, lots of things can be done to make it tolerable. I hope women can march their way through the treatment because I hate to hear breast cancer...

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      I am sure in the big world of chemotherapy there have been people who have stopped after one for a variety of reasons. If it is extreme discomfort, lots of things can be done to make it tolerable. I hope women can march their way through the treatment because I hate to hear breast cancer winning.... it is such a lousy disease. Treatment isn't fun by any means but one needs to work with their oncologist and support system to fight, fight, fight!

      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I wanted to stop but my doctor wouldn't let me.. If it gets to bad ask if u can fluids 2 days after chemo that's the only thing that helped me. Best of luck

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    did anyone experience hairloss with xeloda my mam is on it just over a year now she noticed a bald patch on the top of her head or coukd this be stress

    Asked by anonymous

    almost 5 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I wasn't on it long enough. I was taken off of it because of severe side effects but I do recall my one saying I wouldn't loser my hair. I would not only check the company's website but also google it and see what other discussion forums say.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Look up Xeloda and see if it's listed as a side effect or ask your doctor.

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