What is the time frame for getting chemo therapy if they have breast cancer?

Depends. Sometimes chemotherapy is given before surgery (neo-adjuvant). Sometimes chemotherapy is started a few weeks after breast cancer surgery, depending on the person's healing. The length of the treatments can be given over 3-6 months.
Timing. For early stage breast cancer after surgery and if indicated, chemo should be started ideally within 4-6 weeks of surgery.

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What are the side effects of chemo therapy with breast cancer?

It varies. Most patients receiving chemotherapy can expect hair loss and some nausea but they can be easily managed and stop soon after chemotherapy has been completed. Read more...
Several. Hair loss, nausea, fatigue, risk for infection. However, the incidence of nausea is a lot less now with newer medications. Hope this helps. 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...

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...

Does the penguin cold cap therapy work. ..To keep hair from falling out due to chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Sometimes. Don't count on it, but i've seen it work. It takes a lot of motivation, and, can be a little uncomfortable. But, if motivated, worth a try! Read more...
Sometimes. It is very uncomfortable and cumbersome but works in some patients. The hair loss during chemotherpay is completely reversible and usually 100 days after end of all chemotherapy your hair will grow back. Read more...

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...