Treatment for breast cancer is a long-term commitment. Initial treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can require trips to the hospital or doctor’s office for several months. You also may need to take medications for up to 5 or even 10 additional years to lower the risk that the cancer will come back.
You’ll get the best results from treatment when you follow your plan completely and on schedule. Doctors often call this "full compliance" or "full adherence." Staying on track can be challenging, though, especially after the first few months.
There are many different reasons why people may not follow their treatment plan as well as they should. Remember that these are common problems: If you're having them, you're not alone! But the more you stay on track, the more the treatment is likely to benefit you.
In this section, you can read more about these common problems and how to overcome them:
Forgetting to Take Medication
An updated clinical practice guideline released by the U.S. Public Health Service on May 7, 2008, identified new medication treatments that are effective for helping people quit smoking . No matter the level of addiction, anyone attempting to quit should consider trying at least one or more of the effective pharmacotherapies. The goal of cessation pharmacotherapy is to alleviate or diminish the symptoms of withdrawal . The more physically comfortable one is, the more likely the smoker will make a serious quit attempt and succeed in permanently quitting. Currently, the FDA-approved, first-line agents for smoking cessation include five nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and two non-nicotine medications. All of these medications were found to be effective first-line medications in the guideline’s meta-analyses. There is no question that the odds of a smoker quitting are increased by using a pharmacological treatment. In addition, multiple co...
When we think about health, we mostly focus on food and exercise. However, the environment (i.e. the air we breathe) is just as important to being well. Although there is not a lot we can do regarding the outside toxins and polluted air we are exposed to, besides choose a more natural place to live, we can control our environment inside our homes. Even though loose safety regulations make it difficult to understand what the ingredients are in our cleaning products and whether or not they are safe, being an educated consumer of natural products or making your own with a few inexpensive simple ingredients can do wonders for your family’s health and wellbeing.
Today’s conventional cleaning products are mostly petroleum based. They often contain toxic chemicals such as phosphates, NPE’s, phthalates, VOC’s, glycol ethers, ammonia and ethanolamine.  Avoiding these ingredients would be much easier if companies were required to list ingredients on the la...
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