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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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    Stage 4 HER2+ ER+ --> Treatment is taking forever. Others finish, but I keep going. Do any others feel lonely, frustrated and depressed while watching others finish? I'm stable, but only if I continue treatment.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 4 Patient
    over 8 years 5 answers
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    • Donna Ginnings Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2001

      Sue, I'm stage 4 and have been since 2007. I was able to stop treatment for 3 years because of no sign of disease after first year of treatment. A miracle from God for sure. Currently I have been on chemo since July 2010. I just look at it as a small inconvenience and enjoy every day God gives...

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      Sue, I'm stage 4 and have been since 2007. I was able to stop treatment for 3 years because of no sign of disease after first year of treatment. A miracle from God for sure. Currently I have been on chemo since July 2010. I just look at it as a small inconvenience and enjoy every day God gives me with my daughters. Trust in the Lord, he will see you through. So many good treatment options out there that let you carry on a normal life. God never promised us life would be easy, but he did promise nerver to leave us or forsake us. may God bless you!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sue, I sure can understand how it could be very depressing to watch the other types of breast cancer women walk out the door. Your oncologist's office probably has some recommendations for support groups in your area where you could meet a pal who is dealing with the same issues you are having. ...

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      Sue, I sure can understand how it could be very depressing to watch the other types of breast cancer women walk out the door. Your oncologist's office probably has some recommendations for support groups in your area where you could meet a pal who is dealing with the same issues you are having. When I was going through treatment, there was a young woman on the other side of the states who was a horse-gal, just like me. We had a great time emailing each other even though she was young enough to be my daughter. It was so welcome to find somebody else who was in the "same leaky boat" as I was. It made the treatment time much easier to take. You just need a "chemo-pal." This has become a way-too-common disease to there are lots of us out there. I would try to find a support group and maybe one person who you just click with. . Be sure and talk to your doctor and Onco. nurses about how you are feeling. Ask them if they can point you in the direction of a support group. You sound like a very social person and needs some buddies. Take care and big healing hugs. Sharon

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    My 2nd surgery (mastectomy) is finally scheduled after delays due to infection at incision site. It has been 2 months since the 1st one.It is this Thurs 3/7. Any hints about surgery, etc?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Roberta S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Mastectomy really to me wasn't too bad. The drains are like satan!!! Lol. Hated them. I'm 1 week out. I didn't have expanders put in so idk about that. I hear that adds extra pain. I'm doing reconstruction later down the road. Good luck girl! Prayers!! Ask away :)

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Happy to give you hints! Can you narrow it down?

      4 comments
  • anonymous Profile

    Has anyone had reconstructive surgery but kept their nipples intact?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I decided not to keep my nipples because i was told there could be possible micro cancer cells left behind.I didn't want to take any chances. Best on the decision making.

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    • Ann Carter Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm in the middle of reconstructive on both, and I have my left nipple. My right is still underway ! So for I'm pleased. :) I hope my new nipple is pretty when it's finished!

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  • Ali S Profile

    How do I go about telling someone, that I'm newly dating, that I was getting breast cancer treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Brooke Lancaster Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I'm curious on this question too. I am 33 and single. I would love to be able to date again, but I am afraid to talk about my Breast Cancer with a future suitor. I think with me it's a physical insecurity I'm going thru right now. I'm almost done with chemo, so I keep telling myself once I'm done...

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      I'm curious on this question too. I am 33 and single. I would love to be able to date again, but I am afraid to talk about my Breast Cancer with a future suitor. I think with me it's a physical insecurity I'm going thru right now. I'm almost done with chemo, so I keep telling myself once I'm done with treatment and dell like myself again.

      For you, wait to talk about it for when you feel the most comfortable. I'm sure he will be there for you thru this time. What treatment are you going thru at this time? Best wishes.

      Brooke

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