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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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  • Mary T Profile

    I have TNBC Stage1 grade3 with no node invlmnt. dbl mast on May 3rd with reconst. I had my 1st onc appt. Everyone said don't be surprised if they order a PET or CT but she said because it wasn't in the nodes she didn't feel the need to do this. ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 12 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I had no node involvement, and never had any further tests. If its not in the nodes, it didn't travel anywhere else. Prayers to you.

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    • Mary T Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Thank you all for your answers. I feel better :0) It's so good to know you are all out there and I am not in this alone. Prayers and hugs to you all.

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    I don't understand why I would need radiation and a pill for 5 yrs if the cancer is gone and my nodes are clean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I take arimidex every day. I have taken it for eleven months and I will take it every day for the next four years and one month. It is my insurance policy guarding against a recurrence of breast cancer. Small price. I have three grandsons and I want to see them grow up.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      If you had a lumpectomy, there can still be stray cells outside the clear margins in the breast. The radiation zaps those.It is a must if you didn't have a mastectomy. Hormone blockers work to prevent cancer cells from feeding on estrogen produced even after menopause. Like everyone said-insurance.

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  • Jan  Hasak Profile

    Does exercise help when you are undergoing chemotherapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2003
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Exercising while undergoing chemotherapy can be beneficial both psychologically and physically. Light and stimulating exercise can help to reduce fatigue and the risk of thrombosis (blood clotting in the veins). It can also keep the bones strong and healthy and reduce the risk of weight gain...

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      Exercising while undergoing chemotherapy can be beneficial both psychologically and physically. Light and stimulating exercise can help to reduce fatigue and the risk of thrombosis (blood clotting in the veins). It can also keep the bones strong and healthy and reduce the risk of weight gain related to chemotherapy. A walk or gentle run has also been known to help with mild nausea. Additionally, exercise can increase your sense of self-empowerment and improve social integration.

      You need to remember that your ability to perform strenuous exercise may be impaired, so you need to develop a light exercise routine and find a balance that is most beneficial to you.

      Hope this helps!

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It helped me!

      Comment
  • Ann Natale Profile

    How dangerous is radiation therapy to your body?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      It's not great for your body. Neither is chemo, but those two things are the best tools we have in fighting cancer. When you weigh the cost of having cancer vs the side effects from radiation.....I'll take the radiation any day if it's going to save my life or at least extend it. Something that's...

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      It's not great for your body. Neither is chemo, but those two things are the best tools we have in fighting cancer. When you weigh the cost of having cancer vs the side effects from radiation.....I'll take the radiation any day if it's going to save my life or at least extend it. Something that's really helped me cope with my treatments is that I have to think of my chemo, upcoming rad, etc. is that is is not something they are doing "to" me.....but "for" me to aid in my fight against this horrible disease. Best of luck. :)

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had 30 radiation treatments and it is not great for your body, but it is terrible for cancer. I have taken lots of vitamins and really tried to eat right and take care of myself to combat the side effects. Good luck to you!

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