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, this publication offers authoritative, functional solutions on your questions. Written by means of Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon starting place Breast middle, teacher within the division of surgical procedure at Johns Hopkins collage s college of medication, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer suggest, with statement from actual Read more...

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Partial remission means that there is less cancer in your body than there was before treatment, but that there is still some sign of cancer on your examination, blood work, or scans. Sometimes partial remissions become complete remissions after you get more treatment. The more cancer the treatment kills the better, and complete remissions usually last longer than partial remissions. Unfortunately, when it comes to metastatic breast cancer, even complete remissions are not forever. Though not curable, metastatic breast cancer is usually quite responsive to initial therapy, and there is a good chance that you will enjoy a remission for some time before the cancer grows back.

Do I need one? Vascular access devices (VADs, central venous catheters, ports) can make it easier and safer for you to get your treatment. They are not always necessary, but, if you are like most chemotherapy patients, once you have one, you will like it. Intravenous chemotherapy and repeated blood draws can make your veins fragile. It often becomes hard for the nurse to find your vein. This can be very stressful and uncomfortable for you. If some chemotherapy drugs leak out of a fragile vein, they can damage your soft tissues.

Indb 29 8/20/08 12:32:28 PM 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer 26. What is chemotherapy and how does it work? Chemotherapy (“chemo”) is a cancer treatment that uses medicines to stop the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy (“chemo”) is a cancer treatment that uses medicines to stop the growth of cancer cells. Technically, drugs that kill bacteria and other germs are also called chemotherapy, but the term is most commonly used to refer to cancer-killing drugs. Although most people think of chemotherapy as intravenous infusions, it can also be taken by mouth or injected into a muscle.

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