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A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there ways to treat breast cancer besides chemo?

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 34 years experience
Yes, but it depends: Every woman's breast cancer is unique to her. Because of that, treatment for each cancer is individualized -- some cancers require surgery, others need more help in terms of removing lymph nodes, receiving medicine to kill cancer cells (chemotherapy), or x-rays to kill cancer cells (radiation therapy). There are other new techniques that are not standard. Your doctor recommends the best for you
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
There are many ways: Surgery, radiotherapy and hormonal medicines/drugs can provide good alternatives for some pateints depending onb what is the stage of breast cancer.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is chemo for breast cancer like?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Tolerable: It can be rough on some people but generally tolerable. Depending on the drug regimen used, some can make the hair fallout temporarily, give some figure tip, and toe numbness, and make a person weak and immune compromised for a short while. But if your medical oncologist recommends it, it is because the benefits outweighs the risks of potential side effects.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the most common ways to treat breast cancer?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 24 years experience
Depends: This depends on the type of tumor, involvement in other areas or spread/metastasis, how healthy the patient is and the stage. In general the treatments are: surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. Every individual is treated according to her/his cancer. There are many websites with more information: komen.org, breastcancer.org, cancer.gov

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