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How does alcoholism affect chemotherapy for breast cancer?

How does alcoholism affect chemotherapy for breast cancer?

In many ways: Alcohol, in excess, can adversely effect every organ in the body, except the kidneys. Chemotherapy can be quite damaging to the organs as well and may interfere with how the various drugs are metabolized and broken down by the liver. I suggest that you check out: www.Aa.Org. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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What does it mean if my mother can't take chemotherapy for her stage 2 breast cancer?

What does it mean if my mother can't take chemotherapy for her stage 2 breast cancer?

Anti hormone rx: Most post-menopausal women are not treated with chemorx for breast cancer. It is used for the 15% of these women who are not hormone sensitive to the anti-hormone treatments, such as tamoxifen. So, your mother will probably be treated hormonally. Her doctor and oncologist can explain. Good luck to you both. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy work for breast cancer?

Does chemotherapy work for breast cancer?

It depends: Chemo treats the whole body to kill cancer cells that may have escaped from the breast tumor. Sometimes chemo is used to shrink the breast tumor before surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy). Breast cancers that respond best to chemotherapy are those with a high ki-67 (proliferation rate), er negative, and/or her2 positive. ...Read more

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What sorts of chemotherapy are most common for breast cancer?

What sorts of chemotherapy are most common for breast cancer?

Many diff regimens: There are many different regimens utilizing multiple drugs and ranging 3-6 months. Common drugs are anthracyclines, taxanes, and Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) in various combinations - acx4, tcx4(or 6), tac x 6, acx4 ->tx4, dose dense ac->t, weekly taxol. Other options/drugs can also be considered in the metastatic setting. A patient should seek a medical oncologist experience in breast to rec the best regimen. ...Read more

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How effective is the TAC chemotherapy regimen for treating breast cancer?

How effective is the TAC chemotherapy regimen for treating breast cancer?

Very!: TAC stands for Taxotere, Adriamycin, (doxorubicin) and Cyclophosphamide. It is one of the strongest regimens for treating breast cancer, and some would say too strong. Depending on the type of breast cancer you have, or the stage, you might be able to receive a gentler regimen. If you want to know more, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Hormonal effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Please clarify.: It is unclear from your question what you are asking. Most breast cancers are estrogen-sensitive and can be treated with anti-estrogen medication (tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors). Many women who are peri menopausal when receiving traditional chemotherapy develop ovarian suppression from the chemo and effectively "go into" menopause. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Breast cancer chemotherapy in hepatitis b patients?

Breast cancer chemotherapy in hepatitis b patients?

Challenging : Appropriate involvement of hepatologist and treatment (or prophylaxis) of hep b is imperative. ...Read more

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Is a headache a sign of falling hair when you undergo chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Is a headache a sign of falling hair when you undergo chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Unlikely: Some patients will have aches and tingling at the hair roots after chemotherapy. A headache is typically related to something else. ...Read more

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Can Breast cancer come back after surgery , chemotherapy and radiation, after 2 month?

Can Breast cancer come back after surgery , chemotherapy and radiation, after 2 month?

Yes: I would love to say that the treatments we offer are 100% effective, but that would be a lie. Sadly, some patients will have a relapse of their cancer regardless of what we do. All those therapies reduce the risk of recurrence but not down to 0. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more