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The single textual content on hand to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately complicated and Metastatic Breast melanoma supplies authoritative, useful solutions for your questions. Written by means of Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon origin Breast heart, teacher within the division of surgical procedure at Johns Hopkins collage s tuition of drugs, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer suggest, with observation from real sufferers, this publication is a useful source for someone suffering from the scientific, mental, or emotional turmoil of this situation.

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Indb 27 8/20/08 12:32:28 PM 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer 25. I’ve had radiation already to shrink my cancer in the spine and it has regrown. Can I have radiation again? Your radiation oncologist needs to carefully review the amount of radiation you have received thus far to determine if you can have more. There is a maximum dosage that it is recommended that you not exceed. Records are kept of the dosages you received for each treatment so that this can be tracked and factored into the decision making about further radiation if and when it is needed.

Currently part of a clinical trial. You want to know that you are being cared for by a team who stays well connected with you and with each other. Patient navigators An individual who assists patients in navigating their care and treatment by assisting them with scheduling appointments, answering questions related to test results, and providing guidance in decision making across the continuum of care. indb 21 8/20/08 12:32:28 PM 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer 17. Who do I call when I have an emergency or urgent problem?

Technically, drugs that kill bacteria and other germs are also called chemotherapy, but the term is most commonly used to refer to cancer-killing drugs. Although most people think of chemotherapy as intravenous infusions, it can also be taken by mouth or injected into a muscle. Because the chemotherapy eventually gets into the bloodstream, all three of these methods of administration allow the chemotherapy to attack cancer cells at sites great distances from the original cancer. Sometimes it is better to place the chemotherapy directly into an organ like the liver, into the spinal fluid, or into a body cavity like the peritoneum (abdominal cavity) or pleura (chest cavity).

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