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.

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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...

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...

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...

Is it common for people who are using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment to have raised liver blood test readings?

Herceptin (trastuzumab) toxicity. Liver toxicity is not a common side effect of treatment with herceptin (trastuzumab). It does happen, but more frequent causes of abnormal liver tests might be other chemo drugs given with herceptin (trastuzumab). Read more...
Not usually. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a pretty safe drug. As far as i know it does not affect liver functions. But many other drugs including chemotherapy can increase the liver enzymes. You should ask you oncologist to confirm it with the drug manufacturer or from a drug information source. Read more...

Can Eplcusa and breast cancer treatment be safely done at same time?

Probably. You MUST have your 2 Drs coordinate with each other.You MUST discuss this with both Drs. Read more...

Please help! What is the best course of action for breast cancer treatment?

Get a team. ...Of specialists (breast surgeon, med onc, and rad onc), preferably working together in a multidisciplinary setting, who will evaluate the situation from the beginning and make a concerted plan of attack. This should include dietitian, physical therapist, and if needed a genetics counselor. Read more...

When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment?

See below. Tamoxifen can be used after other treaments such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to prevent a cancer recurrence, or it can be used if cancer has spread in order to slow it's growth. Read more...
Chemotherapy. Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the treatment of hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. It may be used alone or in combination with traditional IV chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage. Furthermore, tamoxifen has been shown to be effective reducing the chance of developing breast cancer in high-risk women ("chemoprevention"). Read more...

What are the side-effects of breast cancer treatment?

Breast cancer is treated with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Side effects of surgery are related to removal of lymph nodes. This can cause lymphedema, but only in about 1/3 of patients. The chemotherapy can cause numbness, aka neuropathy, and the radiation can cause scarring of the skin. Overall the side effects of therapy are considered mild compared to untreated cancer which can be fatal. Read more...
Depends on treatment. This is a complex question. Each treatment-surgery, radiation, chemo, hormonal- has it's own uniques set of side effects. In addition, not everyone will experience side effects. The good news is that most side effects can be managed with treatment or medications. Be sure to ask your oncology team questions. Read more...

Is tamoxifen a must for er/pr negative menstruating woman for breast cancer treatment?

No. Actually, it's er/pr positive women who are potential candidates for tamoxifen. This is advised for women whose cancer stage mandates chemotherapy, sometimes combined with traditional IV chemotherapy. Furthermore, we often recommend tamoxifen to prevent the development of a second cancer is breast cancer survivors. Read more...
No. This and similar medicines are anti Estrogens that block the receptors. So if the patient has negative receptors there is little benefit from the medication. So it's not a must. Read more...