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By Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro

The single textual content on hand to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, this ebook offers authoritative, useful solutions in your questions. Written by way of Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon starting place Breast middle, teacher within the division of surgical procedure at Johns Hopkins college s university of drugs, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer suggest, with observation from actual Read more...

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In fact, it is sometimes easier to control the dose and the side effects of intravenous chemotherapy. The side effects of chemotherapy depend on the properties of the drug, not on how you take it. Today, capecitabine is the most frequently used oral chemotherapeutic agent in treating breast cancer. Your oncologist decides how many pills you should take based on your height and weight. You usually take capecitabine twice a day for 2 weeks of a 3-week cycle, but your doctor may decide some other frequency is better for you.

Indb 44 8/20/08 12:32:30 PM 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer chemotherapy for treatment environment, especially when your WBC count is low. If this is not possible, it is best to avoid these situations all together or, if you must, limit the time of your exposure and wear a mask. It should go without saying that you should not share things like towels or drinking glasses, and always use common sense hygiene measures. Actually, most infections that people get during chemo� therapy come from the germs that normally inhabit your intestinal tract or skin.

Your oncologist will decide how many cycles of chemotherapy to give you based on how well your cancer responds to treatment (efficacy) and on the side effects (toxicity) that you experience. They may give it for a set number of cycles, but, when treating metastatic breast cancer, oncologists usually continue treatment as long as it is working. 30. Do I have to be hospitalized to get my treatments? Certain types of breast cancer treatment require a short stay in the hospital, but most do not. You will most likely get your chemotherapy in your oncologist’s office or in an outpatient clinic.

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