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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.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If cancer was diagnosed 14 months prior actual diagnosis, would that help to extend a patient life?
Often yes: Finding cancers early often means that they can be completely removed by surgery & gives cancer less time to spread. This is rationale for doing colonoscopies to find precancerous or early cancerous lesions the colon. Has significantly reduced death rate from colon cancer. Similar with routine mamograms for early breast and routine psa blood test & biopsies for early prostate cancer detection. ...Read more
Absolutely not.: Early osteopaths from around the time of that profession's founding in the late 1800s purportedly advertised themselves as being able to cure cancer just by osteopathic manipulations. There is absolutely no evidence to support this and you should really consult with a board-certified oncologist to discuss a proper treatment plan. Anyone who tells you otherwise does not have your interests in mind. ...Read more
Yes, it does: For many years, opioids have been the mainstay of drug treatment to control chronic cancer pain. Their efficacy in acute pain such as postoperative pain is also well established. Most of the debate about the role of opioids in chronic pain management is based upon both the safety and efficacy of these drugs and the potential for abuse. Hope it helps. ...Read more
Morphine is : ..A great drug, and it helps many patients deal with pain issues but there are many other drugs and non-pharmaceutical modalities to help cancer patients with pain. It should be an individualized approach. Docs and patients need to work together to find the proper treatment for each patient. It is not ok to live with pain or "suck it up". ...Read more
Contracted cancer? I helped a diabetic cancer patient use a lancing device and I stuck myself afterwards trying to remove the pin part of it. Cancer?
No: Just plain no. I'm sorry you were troubled by this. Cancer is simply not contagious. Now, if the patient has cancer secondary to having hepatitis or HIV, you will want to be tested -- in fact, if he/she is HIV-positive, ask your physician about post-exposure prophylaxis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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