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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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    Has anyone ever had any leaking or problems with the port/IV for the chemotherapy during an infusion?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Oh and I am soooooo not keeping mine in... Ports away tomorrow!!!!
      I have had 18 months of treatment and I sooo want to be done!!!!!!

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I never had a problem with mine leaking. Nor have I heard of anyone's doing so. Sometimes they couldn't get a blood draw. That can be kinda funny.....turn your head this way, raise this arm, sit down, stand up, lay back, lol. They always got it to work. There is a clot buster that can be used if...

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      I never had a problem with mine leaking. Nor have I heard of anyone's doing so. Sometimes they couldn't get a blood draw. That can be kinda funny.....turn your head this way, raise this arm, sit down, stand up, lay back, lol. They always got it to work. There is a clot buster that can be used if all else fails. Having a port is so much better to use than your veins. Prayers to you.

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  • Lokomaikai Liz-t Profile

    Has anyone received Xgeva for bone treatments? What side effects were experienced?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      How are you still doing with the xgeva? I will be starting it next week.

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    • cori montez Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am currently taking Xgeva for bone cancer and haven't had any side effects. I have been getting the shots for the last year.

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    Is there such a thing as post tramatic syndrome after breast cancer treatment? If there is I got broadsided with it today.Wasn"t prepared for it!!

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 7 years 12 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Morning Jo. I think with anything traumatic in your life it is possible to have a bout with post traumatic stress syndrome And dealing with breast cancer is very traumatic we stay strong we stay positive we keep on moving but yet some days it all seems so overwhelming. What we have been...

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      Morning Jo. I think with anything traumatic in your life it is possible to have a bout with post traumatic stress syndrome And dealing with breast cancer is very traumatic we stay strong we stay positive we keep on moving but yet some days it all seems so overwhelming. What we have been through and it just never seems to end. Those small mighty pills throw us for a loop. Your journey has been an intense journey I cannot even imagine how it was. Mine was a piece of cake kind of took the easy way out with the multiple mastectomies. So you are definitely entitled to days of being overwhelmed I certainly have those days have myself a little cry then tell myself it's not that bad start to count my blessings and try my best to get through the day. I'll call a friend we'll commiserate together and laugh. You are not alone. Sending you a big big gentle bear hug.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I completely agree... it is the most traumatic event most of us have ever faced. One day you are sailing along and next you are hit with a diagnosis of breast cancer and mentally facing your own mortality. It is sobering, and a pretty tough journey. I am on an anti-depressant or I would be...

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      I completely agree... it is the most traumatic event most of us have ever faced. One day you are sailing along and next you are hit with a diagnosis of breast cancer and mentally facing your own mortality. It is sobering, and a pretty tough journey. I am on an anti-depressant or I would be sitting in the corner drooling and talking to myself. I feel... "normal" and can think rationally. I think we all have up and down days. I find much support with everyone on this site because we are pretty much in the same boat. Here we can find total understanding and acceptance. If you haven't been where we have, it is difficult to have any idea of what your body and mind goes through. We are all on this battlefield together, my sisters. Love and understanding to all. Sharon

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    Has anyone had incontinence issues with chemo? Just took my third chemo yesterday and have had 2 unexplained and unexpected leaks in past 12 hrs. I'm baffled. No signs of uti. Help!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Dawn H. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I have had the same problem. My onc said chemo irritates the bladder. She said its temporary. I hope so. I have 2 treatments left. Good luck to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I have heard of this before but not personally. I would give the office a call and definately mention this to your oncologist or infusion nurse when you go for your treatment. In the meantime, There are plenty of garments and pads that can be used to to assist you with this problem. Hang in...

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      I have heard of this before but not personally. I would give the office a call and definately mention this to your oncologist or infusion nurse when you go for your treatment. In the meantime, There are plenty of garments and pads that can be used to to assist you with this problem. Hang in there... I was also stage 2b and am alive and well in my fifth year. Take care, Sharon

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