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By Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro

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

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The cancer is in one spot and the doctors said that it could probably be surgically removed. This gives me great hope for the future that I’ll be around longer to spend time with my children. 21. I have disease in my liver. Can I get a liver transplant as my treatment? Unfortunately, no. Liver transplants are more for treatment of disease in the liver that is not cancer related. Medicines are needed to treat cancer that has spread to the liver. When the cancer in the liver is limited to just one small area, there may be other options (refer to page 100).

There are now excellent medicines that prevent many of the side effects of chemotherapy. 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.

Your white blood cells drop to their lowest point (nadir) in the middle of your cycle of chemotherapy, stay there for a few days, and then gradually increase back to normal. Your greatest risk of infection is, therefore, in the middle of your chemotherapy cycle. It is prudent to minimize your exposure to sources of infections during the entire time that you are on chemo�therapy, but this is most important during the nadir period. You do not need to be a hermit during this period, but you should not go out of your way to be around people with colds and fevers.

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