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Cancers :
Breast Cancer / Carcinoma of the Breast

Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the cells of the breast in women and men. Breast cancer is about 100 times as frequent among women as among men, but survival rates are equal in both sexes.

 

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1. Which specialist should I see if I have Breasrt cancer?

You should consult an Oncologist (Cancer Specialist).

2. What should I do to prevent breast cancer?

a. Regular self breast examination after the age of 30. b. If there is a strong family history of breast cancer, you should have a regular mammogarm after the age of 35. c. Leading a healthy lifestyle will keep you away from breast cancer.

3. Who is the best doctor to treat my disease?

Any surgeon who has interset in treating breast cancer can help you, however if the cancer has spread an Oncologist is the best person to be approached.

4. When is chemotherapy used as treatment?

Chemotherapy will be used anytime once cancer cells are diagnosed in the body's circulation. Chemotherapy would be used to keep the cancer from spreading. It would not cure the cancer all together, but it can keep the cancer "in remission" for a period of time. Also, chemotherapy is used to prevent symptoms from occurring and is used to help one feel more "comfortable: although the cancer may still be in progress.

5. How does chemotherapy work?

Chemotherapy is a "systemic" therapy. This means that the drugs will go throughout your body and theoretically kill all cancer cells within your body. But certain chemotherapy drugs are known to kill certain types of cancer cells, therefore, the chemotherapy drugs are selected according to the type of cancer affected.

6. How is chemotherapy given?

Most chemotherapy is given intravenously (IV) so that it reach directly into your blood system. This allows the drugs to be rapidly absorbed and destroy your cancer fast. Sometimes chemotherapy can be given in a pill form.

7. What are the effects of radiation treatment?

External radiation therapy does not cause your body to become radioactive. There is no need to avoid being with other people because of your treatment. Even hugging, kissing, or having sexual relations poses no risk of radiation exposure. Approximately 2-3 weeks after your first radiation treatment, you may experience changes to skin areas of the chest wall and breast. These changes are an expected part of your therapy and are temporary.

8. Which specialist should I see if I have Breasrt cancer?

You should consult an Oncologist (Cancer Specialist).

9. What should I do to prevent breast cancer?

a. Regular self breast examination after the age of 30. b. If there is a strong family history of breast cancer, you should have a regular mammogarm after the age of 35. c. Leading a healthy lifestyle will keep you away from breast cancer.

10. Who is the best doctor to treat my disease?

Any surgeon who has interset in treating breast cancer can help you, however if the cancer has spread an Oncologist is the best person to be approached.

11. When is chemotherapy used as treatment?

Chemotherapy will be used anytime once cancer cells are diagnosed in the body's circulation. Chemotherapy would be used to keep the cancer from spreading. It would not cure the cancer all together, but it can keep the cancer "in remission" for a period of time. Also, chemotherapy is used to prevent symptoms from occurring and is used to help one feel more "comfortable: although the cancer may still be in progress.

12. How does chemotherapy work?

Chemotherapy is a "systemic" therapy. This means that the drugs will go throughout your body and theoretically kill all cancer cells within your body. But certain chemotherapy drugs are known to kill certain types of cancer cells, therefore, the chemotherapy drugs are selected according to the type of cancer affected.

13. How is chemotherapy given?

Most chemotherapy is given intravenously (IV) so that it reach directly into your blood system. This allows the drugs to be rapidly absorbed and destroy your cancer fast. Sometimes chemotherapy can be given in a pill form.

14. What are the effects of radiation treatment?

External radiation therapy does not cause your body to become radioactive. There is no need to avoid being with other people because of your treatment. Even hugging, kissing, or having sexual relations poses no risk of radiation exposure. Approximately 2-3 weeks after your first radiation treatment, you may experience changes to skin areas of the chest wall and breast. These changes are an expected part of your therapy and are temporary.




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