By Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro
The one textual content to be had to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately complex and Metastatic Breast melanoma supplies authoritative, functional solutions on your questions. Written by way of Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon starting place Breast middle, teacher within the division of surgical procedure at Johns Hopkins college s tuition of medication, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer recommend, with remark from real sufferers, this e-book is a useful source for someone suffering from the clinical, mental, or emotional turmoil of this .
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I need to start thinking of this disease as a chronic disease and that is hard to do. 48. Are there different types of hormonal therapies? How does my doctor decide which to use? Different types of hormonal therapies are used to treat cancer in postmenopausal women than those used in premenopausal women. Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are usually the anti-estrogen of choice in postmenopausal women. Though tamoxifen is quite effective in postmenopausal women, the AIs work better and have fewer side effects.
It does not make any sense to continue with a treatment regimen that is not working. You and your oncologist should be thrilled if the size and number of your metastases are smaller, but you should also be pleased if your cancer has not gotten any worse. Without treatment, metastatic breast cancer progresses, and, after a couple of months, if it is stable, it is probably because the chemotherapy has stopped it from growing. It is quite possible that there will be less cancer the next time your doctor repeats the scans.
Make sure that your oncologist knows of your travel plans, and be sure to carry with you a summary of your chemotherapy treatment and latest blood counts. If you do not have access to a doctor through the friends or relatives whom you plan to visit, ask your oncologist to give you the name of a local oncologist in case you run into trouble. Of course, make sure that you take your oncologist’s telephone and fax number with you. indb 50 8/20/08 12:32:30 PM part five Hormonal Therapy How does the doctor determine if I should get hormonal therapy instead of chemotherapy?
100 Questions & Answers About Advanced and Metastatic Breast Cancer by Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro