When it comes to breast cancer treatment, radiation can seem like a walk in the park compared to major surgery and months of chemotherapy. For me, it was a breeze. I had already survived a lumpectomy and chemotherapy before my turn at radiation. I’d endured hair loss, nausea, low blood counts, fever, two hospitalizations, and a blood transfusion. Radiation couldn’t – and didn’t – even compare. But it’s still quite a process, and what follows will shed some light on how you might breeze through radiation. It’s all quite do-able – if you know what to expect. Preparation for Radiation If your doctor has prescribed radiation as part of your treatment plan, preparation is key. Radiation is a detailed, precise process that aims to kill cancer cells in the breast while sparing healthy cells in the same area. It’s administered by a machine that accelerates charged particles and shoots them at a target that generates photons. Photons travel...
Abdominal pain can happen along with other treatment side effects:
cramping or bloating
Abdominal pain can be caused by the following breast cancer treatments:
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant), a hormonal therapy
Bisphosphonates, medicines that strengthen bones and treat osteoporosis, can also cause abdominal pain.
A number of pain medications, including aspirin and other nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as Aleve and Celebrex, may cause ulcers, bleeding or holes in the stomach, which leads to abdominal pain.
Managing abdominal pain
If your abdominal pain lasts longer than 24 hours, or gets worse as time passes, call your doctor right away. Your doctor may want you to stop or switch medications to see if that helps ease your pain.
Abdominal pain from diarrhea can be treated with an anti-diarrhea medicine such as Pepto-Bismol (chemical name: bismuth sub...
Rudy Boesch, a participant on “Survivor” and former Navy Seal, was nearly stricken by AAA, but an inadvertent detection allowed him to receive the proper treatment in time. Rudy's doctor, Dr. DeMasi, provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about AAA, including warning signs and treatment options for this serious but preventable cause of death. What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm? An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an abnormal expansion of the abdominal portion of the aorta, the largest artery in the body. AAA develops in affected individuals when the aortic wall weakens and eventually starts to bulge. AAA usually develops slowly and most often does not cause symptoms. Why is AAA dangerous? If the aneurysm gets too big, then it can rupture, or tear, resulting in massive internal bleeding and death. Most people do not survive a ruptured AAA. Ruptured AAAs are one of the leading causes of death in the elderly in the Un...
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