Treating Breast cancer
Fighting breast Cancer
Breast cancer Awareness
What Are The Best Breast Cancer Treatments?
Your breast cancer treatment plan
Your breast cancer treatment plan is based on both medical and personal choices.
Together, you and your health care provider make breast cancer treatment decisions. After you get a recommended treatment plan from your provider, take time to study your treatment options and make thoughtful, informed decisions. Each treatment option has risks and benefits to consider along with your own values and lifestyle.
Your treatment is tailored to:
- Your specific breast cancer (the biology of the tumor)
- The stage of the breast cancer
- Your overall health, age and other medical issues
- Your personal preferences
Because of the differences between tumors and between people, your treatment plan may differ from another’s, even though you both have breast cancer.
Breast cancer treatment can be divided into local and systemic therapy.
The Importance Of Treatments
The importance of following your breast cancer treatment plan
Completing your breast cancer treatment plan (called adherence or compliance) is very important. People who complete the full course of treatment have a higher chance of survival.
Sometimes completing your treatment plan may be hard, but there are things you can do to make it easier.
First, tell your health care provider right away if you have any side effects. Your provider may be able to help. Having fewer side effects can help you complete your treatment plan.
Sticking to your treatment plan can be very hard for long-term treatments, such as hormone therapy.
Planning ahead can help you juggle your treatment and daily life. For example, if you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, a daily pillbox or setting an alarm on your watch or mobile device (you may be able to download an app) may help .
ALWAYS REMEMBER: Early Detection is Critical For Survival
Types Of Therapy
Standard Treatment are methods experts have
approved, accepted and are widely used
How Will I Know What Kind Of Surgery Is Right For Me?
Either your doctor or a breast surgical oncologist (a breast surgeon specializing in breast cancer surgeries) will advise you regarding the surgery options to consider based on specific information about your breast cancer. You can discuss and compare the benefits and risks of each option and describe how well each possible choice can achieve the goal of ridding your body of the primary breast cancer.
While radical mastectomies are less common today, there are instances in which this surgery is the best option to treat the cancer.
Lymph Node Removal
Sentinel Node Biopsy
The risk of developing lymphedema
continues for the rest of your life.
Palliative care is a very important part of your treatment.
Managing side effects (palliative care) and supportive care
Managing side effects and supportive care are important parts of breast cancer treatment.
- Palliative care aims to prevent or relieve side effects (such as pain or nausea).
- Supportive care includes palliative care as well as care of your emotional, social, spiritual and practical needs.
How age affects your treatment plan
Your overall health and other health conditions also play a role.
For example, if you have heart disease, some medications used to treat breast cancer can do more harm than good.
All of these things, as well as your age, are considered when planning your treatment.
Young women with breast cancer may have special concerns about early menopause and loss of fertility due to treatment.
Learn about these issues for young women with breast cancer.
Your health care team
Throughout your treatment and beyond, you will get care from many health care providers.
Your health care team may include:
- Physicians involved in cancer treatment (oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists)
- Physicians involved in other care for people with breast cancer (radiologists, pathologists, genetic counselors and others)
- Social workers
- Physical therapists
- Palliative care or pain specialists
- Patient navigators
- Other providers
These professionals may be involved in your care during diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
It may be helpful to use a notebook, 3-ring binder or other organizer to keep track of your breast cancer treatments and health care team.
You may want to include:
The costs related to breast cancer treatment
can quickly become a financial burden.
Financial & Insurance
Insurance issues and financial assistance
Insurance issues (such as what to do if a claim is denied) can be a major concern while you are being treated for breast cancer.
Paying for medications and other out-of-pocket expenses can also be a burden.
Learn about insurance and financial assistance programs.
Transportation, lodging, child care and elder care assistance
If you need help getting to and from treatments or if you (or your family) need a place to stay overnight while getting treatment, there are programs that can help.
There are also programs to help with the cost of child care and elder care while you are undergoing treatment.
Financial Impact Of Breast Cancer
Remember: Most hospitals offer Financial Advisors
to help you deal with the treatments finances
What Can be Done To Lower the Costs
Dr. Jay K. Harness
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breastcancer.org – Treatment and Side effects
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Breast Cancer Care – Going through Breast Cancer Treatment
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American Cancer Society –Treating Breast Cancer
innovation.org – Treatment Approaches
National Health Services UK – Breast Cancer Treatments
Susan G. Komen – Breast Cancer Treatment: Introduction