Could you give me some advice about a portacath for breast cancer chemotherapy?

Minor pricedure. Minor surgical procedure for insertion. Small chamber under the akin attached to a catheter that goes into a main vein. Oncologist or their nurse inserts a needle through the skin into the port to deliver the medications. No specific patient care needs. The port can be removed when no longer needed.

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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...

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...

How can I fight chemotherapy induced nausea during breast cancer treatment?

Medication. Begin with basic nausea medicines such as Compazine or phenergan, (promethazine) if not improved then more expensive medications such as Zofran or others. It also helps if patients avoid smells or foods that seem to trigger the symptom. Sometimes even perfumes and non food smells may be an issue and you can avoid them if suspected. Foods like crackers, 7-up, ginger ale or ginger root can help. Read more...
Stay hydrated. Eat ginger chew gum and have your md supply you with one or more rxs & do these things before symptoms develop( you'll learn to predict). Read more...
Speak to you doc. Speak to your treating oncologist, they can prescribe different medications to help with the nausea. Read more...

What is a less toxic more natural alternative to chemo therapy for breast cancer treatment?

None proven. Unfortunately, the only scientifically proven treatment is chemotherapy. As much as we feel with patients regarding side effects, one should not opt for less proven therapies. Read more...
It depends. Each person with breast cancer is differen. Age, physical + mental ability, preference for treatment, cancer stage and other characteristics all play a role in deciding on treatment. Chemotherapy is not always required. "natural" treatments to decrease the risk of a recurrence would include smoking cessation, limited alcohol consumption, a healthy diet, and maintaining a weight in the normal range. Read more...
Consult Oncologist! For estrogen or Progesterone positive receptor cancer of breast: hormone manipulation: estrogen receptor inhibitors-tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors-arimidex, aromasin, (exemestane) letrosole etc ! Read more...

Breast cancer chemotherapy in hepatitis b patients?

Very Complicated. I am not sure we can offer much here. The various chemotherapy regimens are not noted here; nor is the hepatitis status and what treatment you are on if you have active hepatitis b or are inactive. I would believe that you should be able to have full treatment regardless, especially if your hepatitis b is being treated appropriately. Read more...
Challenging . Appropriate involvement of hepatologist and treatment (or prophylaxis) of hep b is imperative. Read more...

Is there cardiac failure risk involved in breast cancer chemotherapy?

Yes. Chemotherapy may affect heart function, for that reason a nuclear study of the heart is done before starting some type of chemotherapy for breast cancer. Read more...
Sometimes. It depends on the chemo. If there is a risk, then a baseline exam is done to measure cardiac function, then after chemo is started, the exam is repeated at intervals to monitor any possible effect on ejection fraction/ cardiac function. Read more...

Is it possible there is a way to keep my hair with breast cancer chemotherapy?

YES! Peguin Caps! They are expensive and annoying, but they work really well. Here is their website: https://penguincoldcaps.Com/. Read more...