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Breast cancer treatments - a woman's frank discussion about the diagnosis and treatment

Depending on the type and the severity of the breast cancer found various different treatment plans are used, and sometimes even a combinations of them. If the cancer has spread, then more evasive actions will be used, but if the cancer cells are isolated, a more direct approach will be implemented. Surgery is one such option that is a direct, faster approach. In this case the cancerous cells are removed during a surgical procedure, as well as some surrounding tissues in case the cells have begun to spread. The second approach to treatment for breast cancer is chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is either a pill that has to be taken regularly, or medicine that is injected into the body through an intravenous tube (IV). This is done in attempt to shrink, or even kill, the cancer cells that are present within the breast tissues. The third treatment that may be used is biological therapy. Biological therapy consists of medicines as well, but it works with your body’s immune system fight off the cancer cells, rather than attacking them directly. The final treatment that may be used is radiation. Radiation is when high-energy rays are aimed at the cancer cells and used to kill the cancer cells.

Complementary medicines may also be used by your doctor along with the above treatment plans. For instance, the doctor may want you to take specific vitamins, perform physical activities such as yoga, or even practice the art of meditation. All of which can help during the healing process, but they are used along with the traditional treatment methods.

Alternative treatment plans, which have become more used within recent years, by passes the traditional treatment plans and focuses more on self healing. Vitamins, herbs, mediation, yoga, and dietary supplements are also an example of this type of treatment. The idea behind this plan is to make the body fight the cancer by itself, thereby increasing the ability of the immune system to fight of any other type of medical condition that may become present.

Choosing the right type of treatment for your particular case is mainly up to you and the doctor. Te doctor will be able to explain the type and severity of your breast cancer, along with all of the options. Side effects can be discussed; long term goals and consequences, and all other available options can also be discussed. Before deciding on a course of action, be sure that you have thoroughly discussed your situation with your doctor, become informed, and then make a decision based on all of the information that you have gathered.


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