Many women fear the ‘C’ word, when it comes to their breast, which is also known as breast cancer. This writer has feared a diagnose of breast cancer for four years. As of now, she has been told she has a cyst and fatty breast tissue. Thankfully, she hasn’t heard that she has breast cancer, yet. However, this fear still lives in the back of her mind, all the time. For this reason, she wants to know what the advance treatment options are for cancers, especially breast cancer. According to Web MD, those options currently are:
Doctors will often want to remove the tumor that is found in the breast or surrounding area quickly. This is because they don’t want to give the cancer time to spread. In years past, surgery was not an immediate response.
Surgery can also help a woman who is having a stubborn like pain in her chest region due to the cancer. After surgery, the woman will probably be advised to start chemotherapy.
Radiation can help stop cancer from spreading. It can also help control bleeding and pain associated with the cancer. It can even be used if the cancer has spread to other areas of the body such as the liver or bones.
Stereotactic treatment which is a high focused type of radiation can be used to target specific cancer spots. This may include spots that are found on the liver.
Chemotherapy is a treatment that is almost always used when a woman has cancer. It isn’t quite as hard on the woman as it was in the past. One reason that it is easier is that most doctors will only give one chemotherapy drug at a time instead of the combination drugs that they did in the past. The combination drugs may work faster. However, the effect doesn’t last any longer. It just seems to be harder for a woman to handle. Of course, if the woman is in bad health, then the doctor may decide to do the combination drug formula in order to save her life.
The medications are given in either a pill form or through an IV. The pills are normally given daily and the IV treatments are normally given through weekly treatments.
There are other treatments that women may receive as they are being treated for breast cancer. These treatments will vary depending on their conditions. For instance, if the doctor discoveries that her bone is becoming weak due to her cancer, he may wish to give her a medication such as Aredia or Zometa. A woman may also be given a medication to help stop the tumors from producing proteins.
Researchers are continuing looking for cures and ways to prevent breast cancer. This is making the fight a little easier for women. This is a blessing. However, women must still do their part. They must be proactive towards their health. They must continue doing monthly self-breast checks and they should continue with their annual mammograms.