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my breast cancer came back after 13 years - has radiation and chemotherapy improved since then?

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Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes: I'm sorry your breast cancer came back. Yes, chemo and radiation have both improved in the last 13 years. Radiation is more targeted with new techniques, and there are many more chemotherapy drugs to choose from that are less toxic. Medications to prevent side effects like nausea are also greatly improved.
Answered on Apr 28, 2012
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yes: New chemotherapy agents have been introduced. There are also newer types of rmachines and techniques. However in regards to radiation if you had the same exact problem now versus 13 years ago the treatment might be exactly the same.
Answered on Apr 5, 2020
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Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: Vast improvements have been made over the last 13 years in the treatment of breast cancer.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Very much so: Greetings from waco. Sorry to hear your cancer relapsed. If there is any consolation, know that the fact it took so long to come back suggests it should respond well to therapy (i'm assuming it is er positive). Also, know that cancer treatment has definitely improved and continues to do so. Fight well and best to you.
Answered on Jan 20, 2017
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