How does alcoholism affect chemotherapy for breast cancer?

In many ways. Alcohol, in excess, can adversely effect every organ in the body, except the kidneys. Chemotherapy can be quite damaging to the organs as well and may interfere with how the various drugs are metabolized and broken down by the liver. I suggest that you check out: www.Aa.Org. Good luck.
Varies. Alcoholics may have liver dysfunction or vitamin deficiencies which could worsen the effects of chemotherapy.

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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...

Can I take vitamin d while on chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Yes. There are no contraindications to vitamin d supplementation while on chemotherapy. There are vitamin d receptors found in breast tissue. Vitamin d has been shown to decrease the chance of developing certain benign and malignant types of breast cancer. However in the case of active breast cancer, while on chemotherapy, I do not believe there's any data showing benefits of vitamin d during chemo. Read more...
Yes. This vitamin does not effect chemotherapy. Do no take more than the recommended amount. Read more...
See my blog. I've written an article on this very topic, which can be found at mdprevent.Blogspot.Com while taking vitamin d is not expected to interfere with the chemotherapy, it probably will do little to help with the breast cancer prognosis. Read more...

Would you be able to drive yourself home after radiation therapy or chemotherapy for breast cancer?

ASK YOUR MD. The oncologist(cancer specialist) can answer your question more effectively, however radiation therapy usually allows a self-drive home. Chemotherapy, depending upon the "cocktail" used produces a lot of nausea/vomiting and generally not a good idea to self drive home. Read more...
Sometimes. You should be able to drive yourself after radiation treatments. But you might want someone to drive you after the chemotherapy depending on which regimine you are on. Read more...

Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Yes. We look at each cancer's profile - estrogen / Progesterone /her-2 receptors as well as histology-size, grade , blood vessel invasioneg then the patient herself age menopause status-if recepto pos. And older pt. Ie postmenopausal we often treat with hormonal therapy - pills - that have a less severe side effect profile but still not without problems - osteoporosis uterine cancer catarats. Read more...
Hormonal Therapy. The vast majority (80-85%) of breast cancer is hormone sensitive/driven. Pathology testing can determine if a tumor is er+. Unless otherwise contraindicated, all er+ patients should be considered for hormone therapy. If strongly er+, they may get more benefit from this than from chemotherapy. Specialized testing (oncotype dx) is often used to determine if chemotherapy is still needed in er+ pt. Read more...
Potentially. Brca tx may include chemo, hormones, radiation, bone targeted tx & diet/exercise as "adjvuant" (post surgery) treatment. The combo needed depends on the tumor characteristics (grade, stage, hormone receptor status - er, pr; and her2/neu status). Non chemo tx can include hormones - eg tamoxifen, arimidex, (anastrozole) etc; trastuzumab (herceptin - anti her2 antibody). Optimal therapy may include all those. Read more...
Yes. In some cases hormonal treatment can be as effective as chemotherapy. However if there is benefit from chemotherapy then it would be in addition to hormonal therapy. You should ask what percent benefit chemotherapy would give your circumstance and then decide if it's worth it to you to not accept that benefit. Read more...

Is weight gain common during breast cancer treatments? Will drugs or chemotherapy for breast cancer make me gain weight? .

Some people gain wt. The treatment itself does not cause weight gain. But there are changes in taste that may make you eat more especailly after the chemotherapy has been completed and stopped. So watch that you eat no more than normal. Then there is little risk of weight gain. Read more...
Yes. Very common. I tell most of my patients with breast cancer to expect to gain weight. Multiple reasons, medications, decreased activity. Hope this helps. Read more...