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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Breast Cancer
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Breast Cancer Treatment [posted
Answer: A lot depends on the rate of loss and the symptoms. For example, rapid blood loss will cause more problems than slow since your body can adjust to a slow loss better. Generally, we transfuse about 25 (Hg of about 8) and almost always by a Hct of 20 (6.5 or so). But, it depends a lot on how weak, short of breath etc., you are.
Answer: To prevent breast cancer, keep a low fat diet, avoid radiation to your chest (even x-rays and strong sunlight), do regular breast exams, breast feed your children, and pick the right parents. After 40, get regular mammograms. The cause and hopefully the cure for breast cancer will come out of basic research in the human chromosome for aging and repair of DNA in the human body. Often times direct research will not provide the answer, but basic research will. Consequently, a wide avenue of research will give us the answers in all types of cancer-especially breast. I think that sufficient research is being done considering the funding priorities. However, my bias is to focus on human issues and not on many of the wasted federal dollars in defense, crop subsidies, etc.
Answer:The presence of calcium by itself means nothing. Calcium can occur from several sources including previous trauma. However, many cancers have calcium flecks or deposits which show on mammograms, probably due to the blood supply of the tumor. Consequently, new specs raise the possibility of cancer. Usually these are always biopsed. If they are negative no further evaluation is necessary.
Answer: Could be either. Most of my patients on Tamoxifen will gain weight. Zoloft also. Try a different antidepressant like Wellburtin, Serzone etc.
Stage IV Metaststic BC
Answer: Taxoter(docetaxel) works by disrupting the microtubular network in cells
responsible for mitotic and interphase functions. Its side effects include neutropenia(low
white count), low platelets, anemia, hypersensitivity, fluid retention, and liver
toxicity. Most nutritional supplements would be ok; but, check specifically with your