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Side 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
The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...Read more
Is it likely for a person to experience hair loss after just one round of chemotherapy, or does it take more than one treatment? Is there a chemo drug with less harsh side effects for breast cancer
My mom is undergoing chemotherapy-currently taxol- for breast cancer-is neuropathy that comes and goes a normal side effect?
Is tamoxifen safe and can I take it? I am a 67-year-old white female living alone. Last year i had early catch stage-1 breast cancer. I next had a lumpectomy and only one treatment of chemotherapy. I was scheduled for four treatments. The side affects
If : If your breast cancer was estrogen receptor-negative then you will not benefit from hormonal adjuvant therapy like tamoxifen (actually women who are past their menopause should be on Arimidex not tamoxifen) either way you will not benefit from those since your mass is estrogen receptor negative. At 67 you should probably still get radiation as you still have a long life ahead of you...Especially with stage 1 cancer. You have to discuss these options with a breast surgeon... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: It depends on the type of breast cancer. If positive for estrogen and/or Progesterone receptors ("er" and "pr") there are other options, though in some cases it may not be as good as taking these meds in conjunction with chemo. If stage 4 breast cancer, there are many clinical trials. Again, it depends on the cancer stage, and the markers er/pr, and her2 from the cancer specimen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm just wondering, if you opt out for chemotherapy for breast cancer what is the process you go through?
Not sure if 'opt: Out' means 'refuse' or 'decide to stop'. Either is a serious decision that requires discussion with 1 or more medical oncologists. The 'oncotype' process defines benefit and risk of chemo in some. However, depending on many factors (size, nodal status, receptors), the consequences vary. Perfect for second or third opinion. ...Read more
"growth factors": Your oncologist can use bone marrow growth factors ("gcsf") to stimulate production of white blood cells. These drugs, developed and tested in the 1980's, became available in the ~spring of 1991 and (along with drugs to treat/prevent nausea) completely changed the field of oncology. It went from being a mostly inpatient discipline, to one almost entirely practiced in the outpatient setting. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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