By Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro

ISBN-10: 0763761834

ISBN-13: 9780763761837

The one textual content on hand to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, this e-book offers authoritative, functional solutions on your questions. Written via Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon beginning Breast heart, teacher within the division of surgical procedure at Johns Hopkins college s tuition of drugs, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer recommend, with remark from actual Read more...

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The stress of thinking about what may lie ahead is overwhelming to me. Who can help me with these feelings? You need to be treated as a total person. You are not only a stage IV breast cancer patient. You may be a schoolteacher, recently divorced, with two young children and a mother who has chronic illnesses and lives with you. Breast centers usually provide social work counseling, psychotherapy services, and nurses along with others to help you along this journey. Some offer to match a breast cancer patient with a survivor volunteer based on her age, stage of disease, and anticipated treatment plan, including those with metastatic disease.

Indb 48 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 45. Is it true that bone marrow transplant is better than standard chemotherapy? High-dose chemotherapy with bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant is a way of giving high doses of chemotherapy and replacing blood-forming bone marrow cells destroyed by the cancer treatment. It is actually more like a fancy blood transfusion than an organ transplant. Stem cells are removed from the blood or bone marrow of the patient or a donor and are frozen and stored.

Some breast centers offer these services within their facility. 15. Do I need a radiation oncologist? Radiation physicist Makes sure that the equipment is working properly and that the machines deliver the right dose of radiation. Most patients who are having breast conservation surgery or have had locally advanced disease have already undergone radiation therapy in some manner. It is valuable to go to a facility that has extensive experience as well as doctors and therapists who specialize in treating this specific type of cancer.

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