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Im a her2 breast cancer patient stage 3 . Due to financial constraint I finished 12 sessions of herceptin instead of 17 , is there any medicine I could take as a replacement of the herceptin ? I'm from the philippines and herceptin is very expensive.

Im a  her2 breast cancer patient stage 3 . Due to financial constraint I  finished 12 sessions of herceptin instead of 17 , is there any medicine I could take as a replacement of the herceptin ? I'm from the philippines and herceptin is very expensive.

Unlikely: There is not a less expensive substitute. The manufacturer might have some support programs, but I am not sure if it is available in your case. You still have gotten benefit from your treatment. Check with your oncologist to see if a support through genentech is available. ...Read more

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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


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Do you know if doing qigong helps for cancer patients?

Do you know if doing qigong helps for cancer patients?

Sun Yun-cai: Sun yun-cai is a master of guo lin qigong. She previously taught in beijing. She is a cancer survivor . Check out this site: http://www.Guolinqigongto.Ca/en_master_sun.Php. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy for cancer patients to travel overseas?

Would it be healthy for cancer patients to travel overseas?

ABSOLUTELY: Unless they're actively undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, there's no reason cancer patients shouldn't travel. They should live they life they want to live, so, if this pertains to you, get on out there! good luck. ...Read more

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How likely is survival for patients with relapses in cancer?

How likely is survival for patients with relapses in cancer?

Depends : Depends on multiple factors- including cancer location, where the cancer recurred, how early the recurrence is diagnosed, and what other treatments have been used in the past. See your oncologist for details. ...Read more

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How to increase weight of cancer patient?

How to increase weight of cancer patient?

Tough problem: Cancer may secrete a substance that curbs appetite and tumor metabolism may gobble calories. Menace can help.Marijuana too. ...Read more

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Is mineral water good for cancer patients?

Is mineral water good for cancer patients?

No special benefit: This is usually water from certain springs which contain various minerals and perhaps carbonic acid. It's good for someone who is seriously sick to remain adequately hydrated, but don't expect any specific activity against cancer or any other serious illness. ...Read more

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Is stress really harmful for cancer patients?

Is stress really harmful for cancer patients?

Yes yes yes: Stress management is a huge factor in recovering from, treating treatment and preventing recurrence or cancer development. Indirect evidence associating cortisol levels with disease recurrence are aplenty. Additionally stressanagemwnt with mindfulness, guided imagery, breathing exercises and others are related to disease prevention, drawing meaning from this disease, and living more fully. ...Read more

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What are the foods cancer patient cannot take?

What are the foods cancer patient cannot take?

No magic here: Ignore all the "pop" diet advice you read online. It's made up -- at best, the authors are sharing their personal impressions and at worst (which is common) they are pretending to specialist knowledge to make a fast buck off desperate people. Eat sensibly as your physician advises and your tastes dictate, and remain as physically active as you can. ...Read more