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Treatment

 
Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 2 - Standard Treatment & Clinical Trials

Before selecting your treatment plan, you should first understand the difference between standard treatment and clinical trials.

Standard treatments are methods that experts agree are appropriate, accepted and widely used. These standard procedures have proven useful in fighting breast cancer in the past. A clinical trial, on the other hand, is an approved research study that some doctors believe has a strong potential to improve standard treatments. When clinical trials demonstrate better results than the standard, that new treatment becomes the standard. Remember, all our current standards were clinical trials at one time.

If a clinical trial is an option for you, your doctor will explain the possible trade-offs with the trial treatment versus standard treatment. Together with your medical team, you will need to decide what treatment method is the best for you and your health.

Let’s look more closely at the standard treatments your doctors may recommend.

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  • blair greiner Profile

    Days 5 and 6 after chemo, I have a hard time having energy for anything. Anyone else?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I called those my chemo blob days. All I could do was sit and stare. Then pretty soon the fog would lift and I'd be human again.

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      That's very normal, I always felt tired. It has been almost two years since my last chemo n one year since my last herceptin treatments. I just now feel like myself and am getting my old body back n my energy!

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    Anyone not get tired from radiation on both sides and did you gain weight from taking tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • jan bursky Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The fatigue from radiation was more prominent toward the end. I think it was more accumulative. I did not gain 1oz on tamoxifen. I have been on it just over a year. Good luck to yo.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Yes and yes.

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    Does Tamoxifen make you put on weight? Any other side effects? thanks

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 11 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      As Nancy says... weight gain is a common problem with hormone blocking drugs. I am in my 5th year of Femara. I have probably gained 15 pounds. My oncologist thinks I am doing great. My primary care physician treats me like I am a hog, feasting pizza and donuts. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have struggled with my weight most of my life and have been on Tamoxafin for six months, I now weigh six kg (13 lbs) LESS then I did when I started, so no, no weight gain but I do try to east sensibly although I do not exercise very much. I do try to avoid all carbs if possible and that seems...

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      I have struggled with my weight most of my life and have been on Tamoxafin for six months, I now weigh six kg (13 lbs) LESS then I did when I started, so no, no weight gain but I do try to east sensibly although I do not exercise very much. I do try to avoid all carbs if possible and that seems to work.

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  • Anne Thompson Profile

    I am switching from Tamoxifen to Arimidex...thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 7 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I will probably be on Tamoxifen for another year or so and then on to arimidex so I am also interested in anyone's experience also. I am 54 but still haven't been through menopause, hadnt even started, my onco will test me again in a year or so, so until that happens I am on Tamoxifen. Side...

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      I will probably be on Tamoxifen for another year or so and then on to arimidex so I am also interested in anyone's experience also. I am 54 but still haven't been through menopause, hadnt even started, my onco will test me again in a year or so, so until that happens I am on Tamoxifen. Side effect haven't been too bad on tamoxifen and no weight gain but would like to know what o expect when I go on to arimidex, if I ever do.

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I switched from tamoxifen to arimidex about 4 months ago the first month I had a period a common occurrence per my gyn oncologist. Did have a endometrial biopsy to make sure all was okay. Hot flashes are more extreme dripping wet bone and joint pain also more severe then when I was on tamoxifen....

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      I switched from tamoxifen to arimidex about 4 months ago the first month I had a period a common occurrence per my gyn oncologist. Did have a endometrial biopsy to make sure all was okay. Hot flashes are more extreme dripping wet bone and joint pain also more severe then when I was on tamoxifen. My oncologist says it should all get better as hormone levels balance out. Take care

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