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Are there any treatments for breast cancer besides surgery, chemo, and radiation?

Are there any treatments for breast cancer besides surgery, chemo, and radiation?

Yes: Most breast cancers are first treated with surgery. After breast-conserving surgery, radiation is necessary. Not all breast cancers need treatment with chemotherapy. If a breast cancer is estrogen sensitive, it can often be treated with an oral medication that blocks estrogen instead of chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Yes: While chemo like FOLFOX is transiently effective, more immunotherapeutic agents are showing good responses. Avastin (bevacizumab) a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor and Erbitux effecting epidermal growth factor 1 are working well as is the newer Neo-102 against the immunogenic protein. Chemo in conjuction with the biologics (immunochemo) is the best combo. ...Read more

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Are there ways to treat breast cancer besides chemo?

Are there ways to treat breast cancer besides chemo?

Yes, but it depends: Every woman's breast cancer is unique to her. Because of that, treatment for each cancer is individualized -- some cancers require surgery, others need more help in terms of removing lymph nodes, receiving medicine to kill cancer cells (chemotherapy), or x-rays to kill cancer cells (radiation therapy). There are other new techniques that are not standard. Your doctor recommends the best for you ...Read more

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What are other options other than chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

What are other options other than chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

Depends: This depends on the type of breast cancer you have. Treatment is now individualized to the type of cancer, lymph node involvement and hormone status of the cancer cells. A special test called a oncotype DX can help determine if chemotherapy is beneficial or not but the cells have to have hormone receptors. I recommend speaking with your oncologist. Don't be afraid to get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Are there any other treatments for stage 1 breast cancer other than chemo?

Are there any other treatments for stage 1 breast cancer other than chemo?

Surgery+/-RT+/-Chemo: Stage i breast ca reflects a small (<2cm) cancer w/minimal or no lymph node involvement. While prognosis is excellent, some women would still benefit from chemotherapy, primarily related to age and tumor receptor status. This can include a pill, IV chemo, or a combination. Regardless of stage, local rx includes surgery+/-radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Alternative to what?: Chemotherapy is the administration of a drug that circulates throughout the body and kills cancer cells. Our goal is to choose the most effective drug tailored to one's specific cancer subtype. If by "alternative" you mean alternative to proven, standard therapy...No. However, many of our "standard" drugs are well-tolerated w/o traditional side-effects like hair loss, nausea, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any treatment options for ?Advanced stage uterine cancer patients?

Are there any treatment options for ?Advanced stage uterine cancer patients?

Radiation, surgery : And chemotherapy: even non-curable cancer may be kept under control with current treatments. If the cancer is too far advanced for control there still are treatments to keep the patient comfortable through palliative and hospice care. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

It Depends: It depends on the "personality" of the cancer, ie whether it has the estrogen receptor, Progesterone receptor, or her2. It also depends on where the cancer is. Er+ cancer that has spread only to bone can often be treated with anti-estrogen pills alone, while cancer in the liver, lungs or brain often requires chemotherapy. Women can live for years with metastatic breast cancer. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for breast cancer stage iv?

What are some treatments for breast cancer stage iv?

Systemic therapy: Mainstay therapy for stage IV cancer would be systemic therapy - in the form of chemotherapy or antiestrogen therapy for er+ breast cancer- in the right setting. Palliative radiation or surgical procedure can be given in the right setting i.e. Painful bony metastases, spinal cord compression- to relieve symptoms. Palliative care will be always part of the treatment througout the course of cancer. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for metastatic rectal cancer?

What are the treatments for metastatic rectal cancer?

Chemo or Surgery: There are more options today. Rectal cancer metastatic to liver or lungs can be surgically removed if there are a limited number of tumors not affecting the liver or lung blood supply. Widespread rectal cancer is best treated with chemotherapy. In special circumstances, metastases can be treated with highly focused radiation or drugs can be injected into the tumor to shut down their blood supply. ...Read more

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What alternative lung tumor treatments are there besides chemotherapy?

What alternative lung tumor treatments are there besides chemotherapy?

The only: Lung cancer i expect a complete response to is small cell. The next steps vary depending on what the plan was: was t given before surgery? Radiotherapy? Was the expectation that the chemotherapy was curative? Go with him to the medical oncology visit scheduled to review the tratment plan. Treatment may be palliative. If symptoms, ask what else can be done. ...Read more

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What are breast cancer treatments?

What are breast cancer treatments?

Incredibly Effective: Typically, breast cancer is treated by a team of different cancer specialists. At first, the surgeon performs breast surgery. Later on, medical drugs (hormone drugs and chemotherapy) and/ or radiotherapy may be used. Other treatments include plastic surgery (for breast reconstruction) and physical therapy. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for metastatic colorectal cancer?

What are the treatments for metastatic colorectal cancer?

Chemo & RARE sx/rads: Chemo represents answers one through nine, however, if one has a solitary metastasis in the liver that is able to be surgically removed safely, this could be answer 10. Also, focused radiation (cyberknife or radiosugery as it it called) can sometimes be used to treat isolated mets if surgery is not possible. ...Read more

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Are there any new, non invasive treatment options for ovarian cancer at stage 3c?

Are there any new, non invasive treatment options for ovarian cancer at stage 3c?

Not really: Surgery still remains the most important treatment modality. Chemotherapy is still utilized but it does not replace the need for surgery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are some other ways to treat breast cancer besides chemo?

What are some other ways to treat breast cancer besides chemo?

There are many ways: Surgery, radiotherapy and hormonal medicines/drugs can provide good alternatives for some pateints depending onb what is the stage of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for lung cancer besides radiation, chemotherapy or surgery?

Is there a treatment for lung cancer besides radiation, chemotherapy or surgery?

NO: Those are the 3 mainstays of any cancer therapy. 99.9 % of naturopathic or holistic are a waste of time and money ...Read more

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Hormonal effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer?

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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