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A 59-year-old male asked about a 54-year-old female:

lisa(54) due for 2nd round of chemo(1st round very hard on her) and has fractured her leg; is it advisable to delay treatment(stage 3 breast cancer)?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It depends: A delay of one or two weeks in giving chemo does not matter. But most bone fractures start healing in 2 weeks, so i would not advise interrupting chemo for more than 2 weeks especially if it is a very large tumor. Sometimes we can substitute hormones or Herceptin (trastuzumab) depending on which type of breast cancer(hormone receptor positive? Her2 positive?) you have.
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Need oncologist: Only your oncologist can give you the answer. It all depends on the type of breast cancer and the treatment being given and other factors in your medical history.
Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Treat Fracture: What is the cause of the fracture? Was it due to a fall or trauma or because there is weak area in the bone due to spread of the cancer? The fracture must be stabilized so that lisa can be as mobile as possible to prevent blood clots. People with cancer are at increased for blood clot. The orthopedic oncologist can then consult with the oncologist as to optimum time for cancer treatment.
Dr. Vic Kalman
Dr. Vic Kalman commented
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Provided original answer
agree, should not delay cancer treatment
Jan 22, 2014

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