By Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro
The one textual content to be had to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, this ebook offers authoritative, sensible solutions in your questions. Written by means of Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon origin Breast middle, teacher within the division of surgical procedure at Johns Hopkins collage s institution of drugs, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer suggest, with statement from actual sufferers, this booklet is a useful source for an individual suffering from the clinical, mental, or emotional turmoil of this condition. Read more...
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These cytotoxic drugs work by killing fast-growing cells, but they cannot tell the difference between a cancer cell and a healthy cell. Cancer cells grow much faster than even the fastest growing normal cells. If the cell is unable to reproduce, it will eventually die without another cell to replaceÂ€it. This results in a decrease in the number of cancer cells. Some normal cells grow very slowly and others, like hair, blood cells, and the cells lining the gastrointestinal tract, grow relatively fast.
This is due to the rapid growth of blood cells in the confined space of the bone marrow. This pain is usually mild and controlled with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen, but sometimes you have to take stronger medicine for a few days. 43. When I have a problem, should I call my primary care doctor or my oncologist? That depends on what the problem is. Your cancer or treatment may affect your other medical problems, and it is critical that all of your doctors communicate with each other. For example, the corticosteroids (prednisone or Decadron) that oncologists use as chemotherapy premedication, or to help control nausea and vomiting, may make gastric acid problems worse or increase your blood sugar making your diabetes worse.
Indb 49 8/20/08 12:32:30 PM 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer are getting chemotherapy does not mean that you need to forgo these pleasures. Tell your oncologist when they will occur, and do not be surprised when she accommodates your chemotherapy schedule around those events. Unless it becomes a regular practice, a day here or there, or an occasional extra week between cycles, will have little impact on how well the chemotherapy works; especially once you have a few treatment cycles under your belt.
100 questions & answers about advanced and metastatic breast cancer by Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro