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Breast Carcinoma Medication
Are there different types of medications used for to treat breast cancer? What are the differences?
Yes! Many!: Some drugs kill dividing cells (chemotherapy), block estrogen (hormone therapy), or target individual cancer cells (biologic therapy). They can be given by vein, by mouth, or injected into a muscle. Your oncologist chooses the medication based on your specific type of breast cancer. Ask your doctor how the medicine works and what side effects to expect. It's great that you're interested! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Tamoxifen & Strokes: Tamoxifen can slightly increase the risk of blood clots, potentially leading to a stroke or a dvt. This is not unlike birth control pills and is especially concerning in high-risk people (heart disease, smokers, prior clots). A similar class of drugs, aromatase inhibitors, is as or more effective than tamoxifen for estrogen (+) pts w/o the clotting risk, but it is only effective after menopause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Br CA meds: That depends. If tumor er+ you may be offered antiestrogen pill for 5-10 yrs. Chemo is a medicine that may be needed mostly IV but some are oral. Medical oncologist will help you decide what's next. ...Read more
My sister had breast cancer , it's almost 6 years passed, she can't take tamoxiphen because of side effects on her. What other medication she shoutake?
Im a her2 stage 3 breast cancer parient . I have already finished my herceptin (trastuzumab) what would be the next medication would I take as maintenance medicine?
It depends on your b: There are many medicines used to treat breast cancer. Besides herceptin, (trastuzumab) your doctor may prescribe chemotherapy or hormonal therpy depending on the subtype of breast cancer that you have. Hormonal therpies are used for er+ cancers....So check if your tumor wass er+ or er-. Ask you oncologist to address this question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Who has info on the relation between in vitro fertilization treatment medications and breast cancer ?
A good question: To my knowledge there is ongoing research to figure out the potential impact of fertility treatment-hormonal-on the development of breast cancer. There is some indication that "many attempts" at in vitro fertilization many somewhat increase a woman's risk of breast cancer. Because, we do not have a precise way of predicting a woman's risk, it is a question to ask your fertility specialist. Luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal to have long heavy periods (11 day) after treatment for breast cancer. I don't take any medication as i was triple negative. ?
Is there a safe treatment for heavy periods after triple negative breast cancer. Am not on any medication or contraception.
Probably but...: .....You are very young and had a triple negative breast cancer. I do not know about uk standards for brca testing but you could carry a brca mutation (especially brca1). If so, preventative hysterectomy with ovarian surgery would be a consideration and that would take care of your problem. Discuss it with your doc. Best to you. ...Read more
No: We would love to know what causes any cancer. No! The drugs they give women for infertility can increase their rate of release of eggs from their ovaries. They also play around with the viscosity of the cervical mucus. It is somewhat complicated to explain in 400 characters or less but they DO NOT cause cancer. ...Read more
To slow growth: Most breast cancers are stimulated by estrogen and progesterone, the normal female sex hormones. When deprived of these hormones, the tumors often die. Consequently, breast cancer tumors are tested to find out if they are sensitive to these hormones. If so, medicines to block these hormones are given as part of the cancer treatment for breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In early stage her-2 breast cancer, which is the best option:- is it taking drugs or a total removal of the breast?
2 Different Issues: Mastectomy or Lump-x + Radiation RX are LOCAL treatments of breast cancer, with EQUAL survival rates. One or the other is necessary for all breast CA pt's. CHEMOTHERAPY ("drugs") are SYSTEMIC (whole body) RX's for certain breast cancers. Her2Neu (+) cancers are particularly sensitive to Herceptin (trastuzumab). Please meet with your oncologist to understand the different options you have. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If one has slow-growing metastatic breast cancer will the anti-cancer drugs make the cancer more aggressive?
Treatment: Does not alter biologic behavior. Mets are never good. Some argue to re-biopsy to recheck re-ceptors (er, pr her-2-neu): the cells that metastasize may be different from those at outset. Best gauge is time from DX to relapse for "slow". Bony only and er+ usually fit this pattern. Cytotoxic chemo does not change growth or met potential, but cancers themselves can mutate to more aggressive type. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any test that can be done to know whether the chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer stage 1 are working properly?
Not really: Remember that chemo given after surgery is meant to treat potentially existing microscopic deposits of cells and thus improve the odds of surviving cancer, not to treat cancer that we can see and measure. For that reason, only time will tell if it was successful. From now on, it is time for surveillance. Be alert but don't live in fear. Best to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not sure: There are many breast cancer drugs available for metastatic disease. Several drugs have been recently approved for use. These include lapatinib, pertuzumab, ixabepilone, abraxane. Here is a list of approved breast cancer drugs; http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/druginfo/breastcancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormonal blockade: Depending upon your age and menstrual status your oncologist will help choose a medication to block the receptors for estrogen and Progesterone or one that will block the production of those hormones. These drugs minimize the ability of these hormones to stimulate the growth of breast and breast cancer cells. Some of them are associated with a risk of endometrial cancer but it is minimal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more
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