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By Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro

The one textual content to be had to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, this booklet delivers authoritative, sensible solutions in your questions. Written via Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon starting place Breast heart, teacher within the division of surgical procedure at Johns Hopkins collage s tuition of medication, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer suggest, with statement from actual Read more...

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The surgery or radiation that you had 3 years ago took care of that. The issue now is treating the disease that has spread elsewhere. The time has come for systemic treatment, which is treatment that will travel throughout your body no matter where the cancer cells may have gone. Medicines are used to treat disease when it has spread. If you are experiencing bone pain, radiation may also be given to shrink a specific area where a tumor exists that is pressing on nerves causing the pain. Chrissie’s comments: I was really hoping that the doctor would simply tell me that I can have a mastectomy and some pills to treat my cancer.

Chemotherapy (“chemo”) is a cancer treatment that uses medicines to stop the growth of cancer cells. Technically, drugs that kill bacteria and other germs are also called chemotherapy, but the term is most commonly used to refer to cancer-killing drugs. Although most people think of chemotherapy as intravenous infusions, it can also be taken by mouth or injected into a muscle. Because the chemotherapy eventually gets into the bloodstream, all three of these methods of administration allow the chemotherapy to attack cancer cells at sites great distances from the original cancer.

Different people tolerate chemotherapy in different ways, and some chemotherapy drugs cause more side effects than others do. If you are not having severe side effects from your treatment, relax and don’t worry. There are now excellent medicines that prevent many of the side effects of chemotherapy. You should take these as prescribed and without fear. indb 42 8/20/08 12:32:29 PM 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer You will see your oncologist regularly throughout your treatment.

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