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What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Michael Thompson
I agree with Dr. Rosen. Ask about effective not alternative. Depending on Patient- / tumor- characteristics surgery, radiation, chemo, hormones may be needed. An additional adjunct "alternative" is lifestyle -- comments: ASCO Blog: Breast Cancer, Diet, Exercise, and Treatment Cost -- http://connection.asco.org/commentary/article/id/3075/breast-cancer-diet-exercise-and-treatment-cost.aspx
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology
In brief: Yes
Not every breast cancer needs chemotherapy and many are managed by surgery and hormone therapy with or without radiation.

In brief: Yes
Not every breast cancer needs chemotherapy and many are managed by surgery and hormone therapy with or without radiation.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
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