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Having radiation? It can can produce side effects ranging from fatigue to a new "tan" – not that radiation's a day at the beach! Here's a look at some of the side effects, both short- and long-term, you may experience. Q. I’m partway through radiation, and I’m getting really tired. Is this one of the side effects? A. It sure is. Fatigue is probably the most common side effect of radiation, along with your skin becoming red and sore. What’s going on? Researchers theorize that your body is spending so much energy dealing with the “attack” going on against its cells, it has little left for anything else. Some women say they feel “dead tired.” Others, as though they’ve got a mild case of the flu. Some start to feel tired almost immediately, but for most it seems to develop later in treatment, or even after radiation is over. This fatigue can last for several months or even a year after treatment is over, so don’t be too hard ...
Breast cancer isn’t so bad – it’s the treatment that’s tough! Many of us have had that thought as we’ve made our way through breast cancer treatment. Surgery, radiation, chemo, and long-term drugs all have their own challenges.
If you’ve chosen to treat your breast cancer, you can’t avoid the rough spots. But knowing what to expect along the way – from deciding what treatment to have, to going through it, to dealing with the side effects (both immediate, and long-term) – is a big help. Knowledge is power. It also diffuses fear. Arm yourself with information, and you’ll be better able to handle those treatment challenges! Let’s begin with your medical team. Understand that you’ll be dealing with some of your cancer doctors for a long time – perhaps the rest of your life. It’s critical that you have personnel in place that you trust, and with whom you feel comfortable. •Picking a Breast Cancer D...
Local treatments such as surgery and radiation therapy are given to treat the invasive ductal carcinoma itself and any nearby areas that may be affected by cancer, such as the chest and lymph nodes.
People with invasive ductal carcinoma need surgery not only to remove the breast tumor itself, but also to confirm whether or not cancer is in the lymph nodes. You will work with your doctor to determine what type of surgery is right for you, based on the stage and grade of the cancer and other factors specific to your situation.
In most cases, surgery is the first treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma. However, if the tumor is large or the cancer has spread to many lymph nodes or other parts of the body, treatments such as chemotherapy or hormonal therapy may be given first to shrink the cancer.
Possible surgical procedures include the following:
Lumpectomy : The surgeon removes only the tumor (the “lump”) and some of the normal tissue that surrounds it. Sometimes, axillary (un...
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