So your type of breast cancer requires chemotherapy and you now have a pit in the bottom of your stomach. I don’t blame you because fear of the unknown is a lonely place to be. Having DCIS and going through a mastectomy, I did not have to endure chemotherapy or its side effects. Many people in my Mastectomy Support Group have weathered this storm and talk about it. The good news is that there a many newer drugs to help you with naseau, though that is only one side effect.
Because I have no personal experience with chemotherapy, I look to all my readers to chime in their comments in this section and build it a la wikipedia style. As things progress, I plan to interview an oncologist who can explain things in a fashion we can understand them in a more digestible fashion.
In the meantime, here is information on chemotherapy from breast cancer.org:
“Chemotherapy treatment uses medicine to weaken and destroy cancer cells in the body, including cells at the original cancer site and any cancer cells that may have spread to another part of the body. Chemotherapy, often shortened to just “chemo,” is a systemic therapy, which means it affects the whole body by going through the bloodstream.
There are quite a few chemotherapy medicines. In many cases, a combination of two or more medicines will be used as chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
Chemotherapy is used to treat:
- early-stage invasive breast cancer to get rid of any cancer cells that may be left behind after surgery and to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back
- advanced-stage breast cancer to destroy or damage the cancer cells as much as possible
In some cases, chemotherapy is given before surgery to shrink the cancer.
In this section, you’ll learn more about how chemotherapy works, chemotherapy medicines, and what to expect with chemotherapy. You also can learn about chemotherapy side effects and ways to manage them.
- How Chemotherapy Works
- Who Gets Chemotherapy?
- Chemotherapy Medicines
- Choosing a Chemotherapy Combination
- Talking to Your Doctor About Chemotherapy
- Chemotherapy: What to Expect
- Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects
- Dealing with Chemotherapy Fears
- Staying on Track with Chemotherapy“
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