Patient Comments: Breast Cancer - Treatments

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A Doctor's View on Breast Cancer Treatment

Read the Comment by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Breast cancer treatment will vary from patient to patient, and is dependent on the type and stage of breast cancer. A common breast cancer treatment drug is chemotherapy; other treatments include surgery, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, and radiation therapy. The most common side effects of breast cancer treatment are nausea and fatigue. Managing these two types of side effects will increase the quality-of-life for patients. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Frankie Jean Thomas, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I was diagnosed with low grade infiltrating ductal carcinoma. Small cancer cells were removed. My lymph nodes showed no signs of cancer. I have been prescribed Femara. I have read about the horrible side effects. Is anyone on or has been on Femara? If so, I would like your views.

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Comment from: Jewels, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I had a mammogram in December of 2011. Everything was normal. In December of 2012 I went for my yearly mammogram and I thought all was well as it has always been. When I went to see my primary physician for my 3-6 month blood glucose level testing, he informed me that I needed to have another mammogram because there appeared to be some irregularities. So it began. After another mammogram, an ultrasound, and a MRI, I was diagnosed with a mass the size of a pea, approximately 5mm. The radiologist who read the report was very impersonal and curt. He said, “This is cancerous; you will need it removed, then undergo chemotherapy and radiation. He did not know me from "Adam." I went to see a breast surgeon, she performed a biopsy, and here I am now. At age 67, I have to decide whether I want to have a bilateral mastectomy, am waiting for breast reconstruction to begin, and am dreading having to go through chemotherapy. Please everyone – do not think that mammograms do not work.

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Comment from: Gretaurus, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I have had all that you are going through with treatments for breast cancer, except I had chemotherapy first, then surgery and radiation. The scariest was the chemotherapy, but I had a wonderful Oncologist and I never got nauseous, plus I went to the group meetings, which helped tremendously. My hair never grew back to its original state but I'm alive and I am thankful for that. Remember there are thousands of survivors and this is 2012.

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Comment from: In A Moment's Notice, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

In August of 1999, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. During that time, I kept a journal and copies of every medical record detailing the course of my treatment. Breast cancer and its treatment have evolved over the past ten years in remarkable ways. The staging and pathology reports that I review now look very different to me from when I was dissecting and trying to understand my pathology report eleven years ago.

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Comment from: Pixie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

Laser surgery saved me misery of breast cancer surgery. I had Stg11/DCIS; oncologist insisted I have total mastectomy, plus all lymph nodes removed. I sought alternative treatment, had Laser Surgery to remove cancer, 5 lymph nodes removed. I have my pathology report and cancer free/all margins clear. Laser surgery should be more promoted to save the pain of horrid surgery, no cutting, no bleeding or drainage to allow cancer cells to escape, plus I still have 90% of my own breast and no need for reconstruction. I am so thankful I found Laser Breast Clinic and feel medical institutes should do more to promote this painless and quick recovery alternative.

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