Kamis, 14 November 2019

Information About Breast Cancer Treatment

Information About Breast Cancer Treatment
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Information About Breast Cancer Treatment - Breast Cancer is the cancer that develops in the breast tissues mostly in the inner lining of milk ducts or in the lobules which supply milk to the ducts. Depending on the place of origination, they are known as ductal carcinoma, if originated in the milk ducts or lobular carcinoma when originated in the lobules. Breast cancers are also classified as hormone-positive or a hormone-negative cancer which is decided based on their sensitivity to hormones like progesterone and estrogen.

The options available for breast cancer treatment depend on the type of breast cancer and the staging results. Staging is the process in which the disease spread and its progressive extend is determined. Though it is the most common non-skin type of cancer in women and is considered one of the fatal types of cancer, there are many advanced breast cancer treatment options which can help cure this disease if detected early.

Breast Cancer Treatment Plan

Once the cancer has been diagnosed, the doctors evaluate the pathology report and form a plan that would suit the type of cancer and the stage to which the disease has progressed. Treatment modes aim at reducing the spread of the disease, destruction of the diseased cells and reduction of chances for re-occurrence in future. The doctors would choose a single or a set of treatment options based on the patient's medical conditions which they may evaluate periodically.

Types of Breast cancer treatment methods

The treatments available are in general classified as standard methods and clinical trial methods. Standard methods are those that are currently practised for the cure of breast cancer while clinical trials are those that are currently being tested for more efficient results. The standard methods of breast cancer treatment include surgery, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation treatments and targeted therapy.

Surgical method of Breast Cancer Treatment

Surgery is one potential option for removing the cancerous cells from the body. The entire breast or a partial portion of the breast is removed depending on the level of spread and the stage to which the disease has progressed. Based on the level of operation that is required to remove the cancerous cells, the surgeries are differentiated into three types as below.

* Breast-conserving Surgery - This is an operation where only the portion of the breast that contains the cancer is removed and not the breast itself. If the surgery requires removal of just the tumor in the breast and a little amount of tissue, it is known as Lumpectomy or is known as Partial mastectomy if it includes removal of partial amount of the breast along with a considerable amount of normal tissues. These kinds of surgeries may also include removal of lymph nodes under the arm which are used for the purpose of biopsy. Such dissection done either along with the surgery or after it is known as lymph node dissection.

* Total Mastectomy - This kind of surgery targets on removing the whole breast which is infected with the cancerous cells. This also requires removal of lymph nodes for the purpose of biopsy.

* Modified radical Mastectomy - This is the surgery that removes extensive portions to get rid of the cancerous cells. The complete breast affected by cancer along with certain lymph nodes under the arm and the chest muscle lining is removed by this process of surgery. In certain cases, even part of the chest wall muscles that are affected are removed by this surgery.

* Radical Mastectomy - This surgery removes the complete breast, chest wall muscles and all the lymph nodes under the arm. This kind of surgery for breast cancer treatment is also known as Halsted radical mastectomy.

These surgeries can also be followed by other modes of breast cancer treatment methods like chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation therapy to kill any presence of cancer cells. Such kinds of treatment that helps in prevention of cancer re-occurrence is known as adjuvant therapy. Some patients can also consider the option of breast implants to rebuild the removed breast shape after a mastectomy.


This kind of treatment helps in killing the cancerous cells or prevents them from growing by means of internal administration of drugs. The way of drug administration can be either through the blood stream that spreads throughout the body which is known as systematic chemotherapy or is placed directly in the cerebrospinal fluid or any specific organ which is known as regional chemotherapy.

Hormone Therapy

This kind of breast cancer treatment includes the introduction of substances that negate the effect of hormones which induce cancerous growth. Estrogen has been known to induce the growth of breast cancer in certain cases. One of the treatment methods includes prevention of ovaries from secreting the hormone estrogen and such a method is known as ovarian ablation. The hormonal therapy includes the usage of aromatase inhibitor which decreases the estrogen secretion in the body. Aromatase inhibitors are given for hormone-dependent breast cancer patients who are in postmenopausal stage while tamoxifen is used in cases of metastatic breast cancer. Aromatase inhibitors are also in general used as a means of adjuvant therapy after continued use of tamoxifen for two years or more.

Radiation Therapy

High energy x-rays are in general used as an alternative for drugs to kill the cancer cells and prevent them from growing.

Targeted Therapy

Another type of treatment that helps in destroying the cancer cells without any harm to the normal cells is called targeted therapy. The targeted therapies used in breast cancer treatment are in general of two types, Monoclonal antibodies and Tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

* Monoclonal Antibodies - These kinds of substances are antibodies that are made from a single type of immune system cell which has the potential to identify and destroy cancer cells. They are also sometimes used to carry toxins or drugs to the cancer cells to bring in effective destruction of the cells. Trastuzumab is a monoclonal antibody that is used in treating patients of breast cancer. This method can be clubbed along with chemotherapy as a means of adjuvant therapy.

* Tyrosine Kinase inhibitors - These drugs block signals that are needed for tumor growth and are in general used in combination with other anti-cancer drugs. Lapatjnib is one such inhibitor which helps block the HER2 protein inside the tumor cells and is used effectively for treatment of HER2- positive breast cancer patients.
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Therapeutic Remedies That You Should Know About Alternative Cancer Treatment

Therapeutic Remedies That You Should Know About Alternative Cancer Treatment
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Therapeutic Remedies That You Should Know About Alternative Cancer Treatment - Alternative cancer treatment is a group of therapeutic remedies used in place of conventional medicine for the purpose of treatment of cancer. Alternative cancer treatments can be very effective. Alternative cancer treatment is a group of therapeutic cancer treatments seek to strengthen the body's immune system, to enhance the quality of life during recovery, and to nourish and fortify the body through nutritional, homeopathic, or herbal therapies. There are many alternative cancer treatments that can have positive impact on your health.

If you begin to research cancer treatments you will find that there is such a great amount of alternative cancer treatments available that are as effective if not more effective than traditional treatment options without the overwhelming cost, and side effects. If you begin to research cancer treatments you will find that there is such a great amount of alternative cancer treatments available that are as effective if not more effective than traditional treatment options without the overwhelming cost, and side effects.


Cancer is not a death sentence, it is an opportunity to heal within. Cancer patients using or considering complementary or alternative therapy should discuss this decision with their doctor or nurse, as they would any therapeutic approach. Cancer is the modern plague and people are increasingly looking for natural, safe solutions. Cancer is a complex disease, and it is reasonable to do everything in one's power to fight it. Cancer cells do not age, do not become weaker as they grow older, and therefore hold a huge advantage over our healthy cells.


If you begin to research cancer treatments you will find that there is such a great amount of alternative cancer treatments available that are as effective if not more effective than traditional treatment options without the overwhelming cost, and side effects.

The Cancer Coalition (American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, FDA, Prominent Hospitals, and of course The Pharmaceutical 'Godfathers' want us to depend on them to come up with treatments, so we fund them with millions and millions of dollars, yet still no cure, not even a good treatment.

They want us to trust them, so they bolster the true success rates of conventional cancer treatments. They want us to feel protected, so they legislate what treatments doctors can use, and label doctors that stray from those treatments and poor results as "quacks" or worse yet take away their license to practice. The fact that when you think of cancer, chemo, radiation and surgery pop into mind is a testament that they have run an incredible PR campaigned to make you think these treatments actually work. want us to depend on them to come up with treatments, so we fund them with millions and millions of dollars, yet still no cure, not even a good treatment. They want us to trust them, so they bolster the true success rates of conventional cancer treatments. They want us to feel protected, so they legislate what treatments doctors can use, and label doctors that stray from those treatments and poor results as "quacks" or worse yet take away their license to practice.

The fact that when you think of cancer, chemo, radiation and surgery pop into mind is a testament that they have run an incredible PR campaigned to make you think these treatments actually work.


Vegetarian raw foods are a great method of Treating Cancer with a healthy diet. Alternate treatments for fighting cancer can range from faith healing to visualization, but one of your best bets is a whole food diet that includes raw vegetables and organic nutrients -- things that promote body detoxification.

A raw foods diet is a great alternative treatment: raw food is easy to prepare and if you use vegetables and other whole foods as your ingredients, your vegetarian meals can be so delicious.

If you are anticancer and pro-life, choose the earth's natural energy boosters and start enjoying the organic nutrients and health benefits of opting for a vegetarian raw food diet as one of your primary Treating Cancer with a healthy diets.

All natural alternative cancer treatment has been working for a long time. Learning how to re-alkalise your body's tissue and cell pH to healthy levels is extremely important and should not be overlooked in your alternative cancer treatment recovery plan.

When you are considering alternative cancer treatments, ask for documented facts and stats from the representative to find out the success rate of the group. Also check to see if your health insurance will cover any alternative cancer treatment programs and be leery of programs demanding a large sum of money up front, or that state they can cure your cancer.

The information presented here is no way meant to discourage you from undertaking conventional treatments for your cancer, but hopefully will support you and your medical doctor to undertake 'smarter', more effective alternative cancer treatment approaches to beat cancer.
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Fertility Concerns After Breast Cancer Treatment

Fertility Concerns After Breast Cancer Treatment
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Fertility Concerns After Breast Cancer Treatment - Looking at these statistics, it is clear that breast cancer treatment today has to deal with not only treatment of the cancer and survival of these young women but also quality of life which for these young women in their reproductive age include fertility issues.

Recent surveys indicate that the majority of breast cancer survivors who have no children at the time of diagnosis would like to have them in the future. Surveys also indicate that survivors who already have children would like to have more. Yet, many report that they did not receive adequate information about their future fertility and how to preserve it at the time of their cancer diagnosis and when they were making decisions about their treatment.

Before we can discuss how to preserve fertility in these breast cancer survivors, we need to learn about what effects breast cancer treatments have on fertility.

Chemotherapy drugs work by targeting rapidly dividing cells. These rapidly dividing cells not only include cancer cells but also normal cells such as those in the sperm, egg and/or hormone producing cells that are important in reproduction. Often, these chemotherapy drugs render a breast cancer patient infertile or leave her with decreased overall ovarian reserve (decreased egg that can reproduce).

Radiation used in breast cancer treatment also target rapidly dividing cells but is usually limited to tissues that surround the breast. This means that the radiation used to treat breast cancer usually does not affect the ovaries which are located in the pelvis. However, for those young women who receive radiation to these abdominal/pelvic region for other cancers can damage the uterus and ovaries.

Males who receive radiation for a cancer in these regions can suffer damage to their testicles causing infertility. Radiation to certain areas of brain can also result in infertility by affecting cells that regulate hormone production which is necessary for reproduction.

Surgery to remove the reproductive organs can obviously render a person infertile.

However, there are options in preserving fertility for these patients. The feasibility, safety and suitability of different types of fertility preservations option depend on the patient's age, type of cancer and treatment and whether or not the patient has a significant other.

Other factors that are important in preserving fertility also include the cost of the procedure, availability of the procedure and success rate or the procedure. Thus, you need to talk to your doctor about what suits you the best. This fertility preservation is highly person and needs to be individualized to ensure best result.

Since we are discussing breast cancer survivors and their fertility, we'll limit our discussion to those methods that are suitable for females.

Embryo freezing is a method in which mature eggs are collected from the patient and fertilized in vitro (egg and sperm are combined in a laboratory dish and allowed to fertilize). This requires a partner or donor sperm. This embryo is then frozen for future use. In order to allow harvesting of most viable eggs, the patient usually is given hormones to stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple eggs.

These eggs are then collected using a needle that is guided into the ovary by ultrasound or by laparoscopic surgery. Embryo freezing is one of the most successful techniques available and safer for patients with hormone sensitive breast cancers. Egg or oocyte freezing involves collection of mature eggs and freezing these them without fertilizing them. This may be good for women who do not have a partner or do not wish to use donor sperm at the time of freezing. Success rate of this procedure varies.

Ovarian tissue freezing involves surgical removal of the ovarian tissue, cutting it into small pieces and freezing them for later. This tissue, when the person is ready, is then transplanted back into the woman's body. This is experimental and success rate varies.

Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) analog treatment involves treatment the woman with GnRH analogs during chemotherapy which theoretically renders the woman's body to think that she is before puberty. This reduces damage to her reproductive tissue and help preserve fertility. This has not shown to be very promising.

So, what happens when one of these techniques are used to preserve fertility and the survivor is pregnant? Let's look at some data regarding possible risks to the fetus and children conceived this way.

Current research indicates that children of cancer survivors are not more likely to have birth defects of chromosome abnormalities, although data is limited. In addition, these children do not have higher rate of cancer development.

Many of above fertility-preserving techniques are fairly new. Therefore, there is not much available data. However, the data that is available show little evidence that there is increased risk of birth defects of developmental problems in these children. However, these survivors are at an increased risk of having multiple births (e.g. twins, triples...etc.).

There is also increased risk of having a premature baby, low birth weight, miscarriage and infant death even when only one fetus is conceived using these techniques. In addition, pregnancy may aggravate organ damage caused by cancer treatment. Some breast cancer treatments especially chest radiation and/or chemotherapy can damage the cardiovascular structures.

The demands on these structures during pregnancy can be significant, especially if they are not healthy due to damage suffered during your cancer treatment. Thus, all breast cancer survivors who become pregnant are at an increased risk for pregnancy related complications and must be cared for by a specialist who can monitor and treat any complications that may arise.

Most cancer survivors worry about whether pregnancy after breast cancer increases their chance of cancer coming back and/or decreased survival if this recurrence does occur. Data is limited and there is a lot of controversy regarding pregnancy in these breast cancer survivors. However, current studies indicate that their risk of recurrence is not increased and that their survival rate is not diminished with pregnancy. In addition, data suggests that these fertility preserving options do not decrease the success of cancer treatment.

However, keep in mind that the data is limited and whether or not you should or should not bear children after your breast cancer treatment needs to be decided after careful counseling by your doctor and fertility specialist as this decision may be impacted by the type of your cancer and the type of treatment you received.

The optimal timing of when to get pregnant after breast cancer treatment is not clear.

Most studies indicate waiting 2-5 years after treatment to make sure that your treatment has been successful and your chance of recurrence is low during pregnancy. Again, preparation is the key. Know your facts and your risks about getting pregnant. Don't put yourself and your baby at risk if pregnancy isn't right for you.
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Cancer Treatment Plan To Get Effective Cancer Care

Cancer Treatment Plan To Get Effective Cancer Care
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Cancer Treatment Plan To Get Effective Cancer Care - Cancer patients can choose any of the right options regarding their treatment for cancer such as where to receive the cancer care. Cancer treatment plan can be helpful for you while taking the right decisions for cancer therapy. Cancer diagnosis will take some time, but you need to start planning about your cancer treatment such as where to receive the cancer care and what type of therapy you need.

Planning for cancer treatment:

Cancer care plan will be helpful in many ways after you diagnosed, For example, this plan will give you a total view of information, which enables you to go through a discussion on all of your doubts with your doctor that include potential side effects that you need to expect due to the treatment and how those will be addressed.

Consider the type of your cancer:

Your cancer treatment plan should start with the type of cancer from which you are suffering, how natural it is, and usually recommended treatment for that. If the patient is suffering from a very common type of cancer, then probably it won't make so much difference that where you will receive the treatment.

For people who are diagnosed with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer- There are many treatments available. These types of cancers and treatments for those are very common to get the best treatment, compare the quality of different providers and select the specialized person to treat your cancer.

Cost of the treatment:

This will also takes a major role while planning for treatment. Find out what will be covered by the insurance company. Do homework regarding the benefits of insurance, then discuss with your doctor about any financial restrictions that you have on your treatment.

Do research on your treatment choices:

To make a right decision, you need to keep in mind the kind of your cancer, its stage, and the treatment options that are available and also how likely those treatment options can work under this environment. Discuss with your doctor about books, patient education material, and websites to supplement your thoughts. Primary therapy is known as the treatment that you start with. Most people would receive surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of any of these as their therapy.

Analyze about the benefits and risks:

Compare both the benefits and risks of the several cancer treatments, then you can decide which treatment can fall within the goals of you. You need to consider some aspects for each treatment, which include:

Side effects: Every treatment has some side effects. Spend some time to review about the side effects, and then you can take right decision. Apart from these you need to consider your general health, and how treatment affects the life.
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Mesothelioma Treatment Costs

Mesothelioma Treatment Costs
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Mesothelioma Treatment Costs - Like all forms of malignant cancers, the overall cost of mesothelioma treatment is very expensive. A mesothelioma patient's care may be thousands of dollars per month. The major factors affecting mesothelioma treatment costs include age, side effect of the treatment, the effects of the treatment on the overall health and the probabilities of survival, as well as the stage and severity of disease and the body parts over which the affliction has spread.

Mesothelioma is a cancerous affliction, primarily of three kinds - pleural, peritoneal and pericardial. A variety of treatment options, including surgery, radiology, and chemotherapy, are needed to cure this malady. Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to damage tumors and stop them from further growing and dividing. Surgery completely removes the afflicted organ or its part. Chemotherapy is a treatment used to kill the tumor cells by injecting medicines intravenously into the ailed areas. The cost of these therapies and follow-up treatments are very high. Occasionally, a combination of two or more treatment method becomes essential to handle the disease.

In general, mesothelioma treatment costs include fees for the physician, significant periods of hospitalization, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. In certain occasions, the patient and family members must travel far distances to reach a facility where the best mesothelioma treatment is provided. This will incur them the additional expenses of airfare, lodging, and related travel expenses.

Majority of mesothelioma diseases are directly associated to asbestos exposure. It is usually due to the willful carelessness of an employer, who does not issue the necessary warning before offering employment. Hence the liability of bearing mesothelioma treatment cost lies directly with the employer.  The patient should consult an attorney who has a good idea of the cost of treatment. Mesothelioma treatment costs in such cases can be recovered easily from the employer.

Estimate shows that the medical costs associated with this type of treatment exceed $150,000. Mesothelioma treatment costs also differ depending on where the treatment is provided.

Many medical insurance plans available in the market cover mesothelioma treatment costs.  Check your health insurance policy to see what sort of coverage you have.
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Traditional Mesothelioma Treatment

Traditional Mesothelioma Treatment
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Traditional Mesothelioma Treatment - Traditional mesothelioma treatments are the standard treatments for malignant mesothelioma, which is a cancerous disease affecting the mesothelial cells in tissues of the human body. Treatment methods of mesothelioma diverge due to a number of factors, such as the location of the cancer cell, the stage of the disease, and a patient's personal choices. In general, traditional mesothelioma treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, or different combinations of these three treatments.

Surgery or surgical treatment is employed to either remove the cancer from the affected organ or alleviate pain. Sometimes, it may be impossible to remove all parts over which the affliction has spread; however surgical intervention may help in reducing pain. Two major types of surgical treatments include "pneumonectomy" and "palliative procedures."

Pneumonectomy involves the surgical removal of a lung. This method comes in two varieties, "traditional pneumonectomy" in which the diseased lung is removed, and "extrapleural pneumonectomy" wherein the afflicted lung as well as part of the pericardium, diaphragm or parietal pleura on the same side of the chest, are removed.

In palliative procedures, treatment used does not heal mesothelioma, but eases pain and controls symptoms. "Thoracentisis" and "pleurectomy/decortication" are among the various palliative procedures.  In thoracentisis, a needle is put into the chest cavity, either to drain fluid for diagnosis, or to drain fluid to relieve pain. Pleurectomy/decortication removes the pleura so as to lessen pain or prevent the recurrence of pleural effusion.

Chemotherapy is another important traditional mesothelioma treatment used to kill cancer cells by injecting medicines intravenously into the ailed areas. This method also involves the use of drugs to keep cancer cells from multiplying. Side effects can be quite severe in this treatment because chemotherapy may even destroy healthy cell in addition to the cancer cells. Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hair loss, constipation, decreased appetite and mouth sores are some of its side effects.

Radiation treatment (radiation therapy or radiotherapy) uses high-energy rays (like x-rays) to damage mesothelioma cancer cells in a localized area. Although healthy cells may also be affected, they can repair themselves more effectively. The side effects of radiotherapy as a traditional mesothelioma treatment include fatigue, hair loss, skin irritation, nausea and difficult breathing.
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Mesothelioma Treatment Options

Mesothelioma Treatment Options
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Mesothelioma Treatment Options - Diagnosing mesothelioma has proven to be rather challenging, whether it is pleural mesothelioma or another form. Due to the fact that this disease is such an aggressive and very destructive cancer, victims are often faced with a slim chance of successful treatment. Even though all hope seems as if it is lost, exploiting all viable options is worth it.

Every case of mesothelioma is different in some way or another, however with the expanding options for mesothelioma treatment there are options that will be the best for you depending on a number of factors, such as age, health level and how far along the issue is. With the advancement that the medical field as made over the years, diagnostic tools such as x-rays, MRI's, CT Scans have made it easier for mesothelioma to be detected, these tools have made the difference with mesothelioma treatment as early detection is vital to having a successful treatment and a higher survival rate.

The treatment for mesothelioma usually involves destroying the malignant cells and while preserving the healthy cells. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, at the present, mesothelioma victims have three options for treatment, these include,surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. The option that would be safe and successful for you would be based on a number of these factors:

  1. the type of mesothelioma and where the tumor or malignant cells are located.
  2. the size of the tumor.
  3. the age of the victim
  4. how far along the cancer has spread.
  5. the stage of the malignant cancer. advanced, beginning etc.
  6. last but not least the physical health of the victim.

Mesothelioma treatment may involve you seeing a number of doctors including an oncologist (cancer specialist), pulmonologist (lung specialist. These specialist have laid the basic foundation necessary for a mesothelioma cure). Mesothelioma is considered successful treated or cured if surgery or treatment was successful in eradicating all the malignant cells and completely removing all the cancer cells.

This is not to say that the cancer may or will not return, but at least it is one step closer to finding a total cure for the disease. With the many studies that have been taking place all over the world, we can remain hopeful that science has allowed us to make considerable advancements that will aid victims of mesothelioma to know that all hope is not lost.

Mesothelioma treatment is available, you want to ensure that you place your life in the hands of those who are reputable and will ensure that any treatment that takes place will be beneficial to you. Don't get sucked into practitioners, who are just concerned about make a profit off of your disease. Just because you have mesothelioma does not mean that all hope is lost.
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