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By Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro

The single textual content to be had to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, this booklet can provide authoritative, useful solutions on your questions. Written via Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon origin Breast heart, teacher within the division of surgical procedure at Johns Hopkins collage s college of medication, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer suggest, with remark from actual Read more...

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This barrier prevents germs and other disease-causing agents from reaching the brain. The same barrier that prevents germs from reaching the brain and protects you from infections also prevents chemotherapy from reaching your brain and protects brain metastases from chemotherapy. It is very difficult to break down this barrier. The only effective way to get chemotherapy into the brain or the tissues surrounding it (meninges) is to bypass it. Doctors do this by putting the chemotherapy directly into the fluid that surrounds the brain.

Unfortunately, when breast cancer has recurred or spread, it cannot be cured, and there is a need to make big changes in how it is treated. The goal of treatment is no longer cure, but to enjoy life for as long as possible. Since you will likely be getting some form of anti-cancer treatment for the rest of your life, doctors need to balance your quality of life with the side effects that the treatment will cause. For that purpose, single agent chemotherapy is often as effective as combination chemotherapy, and less toxic.

You should take these as prescribed and without fear. indb 42 8/20/08 12:32:29 PM 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer You will see your oncologist regularly throughout your treatment. At these visits, your doctor will see how you are tolerating the treatment and if you are having side effects. He will order medication to relieve any side effects, and, if these are severe, he may adjust your treatment schedule or dose. Another reason for these visits is so that your oncologist can see if your cancer is responding to the treatment.

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