100 Questions & Answers About Advanced and Metastatic Breast by Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro

By Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro

The single textual content on hand to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately complex and Metastatic Breast melanoma provides authoritative, functional solutions in your questions. Written via Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon origin Breast heart, teacher within the division of surgical procedure at Johns Hopkins collage s institution of medication, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer suggest, with remark from real sufferers, this booklet is a useful source for someone being affected by the scientific, mental, or emotional turmoil of this .

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Indb 33 8/20/08 12:32:29 PM 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer Many �cancer patients enjoy the camaraderie and support of others who are getting chemotherapy, but most chemotherapy infusion suites also offer you the option of getting your treatment in a private room. also offer you the option of getting your treatment in a private room. You should make sure that your doctor has a facility that will meet your needs. It can take anywhere from 1 to 8 or more hours to get your treatment, depending on the type of chemotherapy that you are getting.

This is harder to do at work or in large social settings, especially if you do not want to share your diagnosis with co-workers and friends. indb 44 8/20/08 12:32:30 PM 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer chemotherapy for treatment environment, especially when your WBC count is low. If this is not possible, it is best to avoid these situations all together or, if you must, limit the time of your exposure and wear a mask. It should go without saying that you should not share things like towels or drinking glasses, and always use common sense hygiene measures.

If your doctor suspects that the hormone receptor status of your cancer may have changed, she may want to biopsy one of the metastatic spots and send it to a laboratory for estrogen and progesterone receptor tests. If your cancer is not estrogen receptor–positive or progesterone receptor–positive or both, chemotherapy is your only option. If it is hormone receptor–positive, your doctor can use either chemotherapy or hormonal therapy to treat your cancer. Hormone therapy is usually the first treatment used in postmenopausal women, unless their tumor is hormone receptor negative.

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