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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 delivers authoritative, sensible 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 institution of medication, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer suggest, with remark from genuine sufferers, this publication is a useful source for a person being affected by the clinical, mental, or emotional turmoil of this situation.

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Indb 20 8/20/08 12:32:28 PM how their heart and lungs will be protected from the radiation field. Today, a device called Active Breath Control Device is available at some centers, which, by controlling her breathing during the actual radiation treatment, provides a more reliable way for the patient’s heart and lungs to be spared radiation. At some point during your treatment for metastatic disease, you may need radiation therapy to help shrink the tumor(s), provide local control of the disease, or reduce pain symptoms.

Breast cancer that has metastasized to the bone or soft tissues generally grows more slowly, and responds to treatment more completely and longer, than breast cancer that involves the liver, lung, or brain. Breast cancer that recurs after many years generally grows more slowly and responds to treatment better than breast cancer that recurs during, or shortly after, the initial diagnosis and treatment. 38. I feel pretty good during my chemotherapy treatments, and I worry that the treatment isn’t strong enough.

Hormone therapy is especially useful in patients whose metastatic disease involves only bone or soft tissue. ), chemotherapy often works faster in these situations. indb 52 8/20/08 12:32:30 PM hormonal therapy 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer If your cancer has recurred while you are taking adjuvant hormonal therapy, your doctor may prefer to switch to chemotherapy as the initial treatment for your metastatic cancer, especially if your cancer involves sites other than the bone or soft tissues.

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