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What happens during a breast cancer treatment?

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Dr. Mohamed Elmongy answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

Breast Cancer Cure: If you had lumpectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy will have almost 80% cure rate. If you tumor was quite large you should have neoadjuvant chemotherapy to reduce the tumor size before surgery. The surgical oncologist will decide if you can have lumpectomy or mastectomy. Adjuvant radiation therapy will be given after lumpectomy. If tumor is her 2 positive will need herceptin (trastuzumab).

Answered 6/10/2013

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Dr. Mohamed Elmongy answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

Treatment of Breast: During breast cancer chemotherapy treatment, there are long list of possible side effects, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, low white blood cell counts with possible fever which might need admission to hospital. Patient will also have hair loss. Also they may have low red blood cells counts, low platelets which may need blood transfusion, platelet transfusion as necessary.

Answered 10/24/2017

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Dr. Liawaty Ho answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

Breast cancer tx: During a breast cancer treatment, you would work closely with your oncology team- including a breast surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist. All of them will work with you so you can get the best therapy available tailored to your case and to ensure that you can get through the therapy well, cope with those possible adverse events and still able to maintain descent quality of life.

Answered 12/15/2013

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