You are here: Home Managing Your ... Breast Cancer Advanced Breast ... Consider Available ...
Information about all aspects of finances affected by a serious health condition. Includes income sources such as work, investments, and private and government disability programs, and expenses such as medical bills, and how to deal with financial problems.
Information about all aspects of health care from choosing a doctor and treatment, staying safe in a hospital, to end of life care. Includes how to obtain, choose and maximize health insurance policies.
Answers to your practical questions such as how to travel safely despite your health condition, how to avoid getting infected by a pet, and what to say or not say to an insurance company.

Advanced Breast Cancer: Managing Your Medical Care: Diagnosis To Treatment Decision

Consider Available Treatments.

Next » « Previous


Which treatment will be recommended depends on the type of breast cancer you have and the stage. Treatments which are available for each type of breast cancer by stage are described in lay terms in a variety of sources on the internet. Keep in mind that, in addition to these treatments, cutting edge treatments may be available through a clinical trial. (Some clinical trials are not available if you had a specific other treatment. If you are interested in a particular trial, check the eligiblity criteria before setting another treatment.)

When you research a treatment (particularly on the Internet), always consider the reliability and source of the information as well as whether the information provider has a self interest.

Keep in mind:

  • Statistics only refer to groups of individuals historically and do not tell what will happen to you or any other individual. 
  • By its nature, research literature will always be behind the current state of treatment.
  • Any specific cases cited are usually extremes.
  • What happens to you will be unique to your specific set of circumstances. 

Even if the odds are a million to one, learn to approach your situation as if you are the one. 

Write down all questions that come up during your research so you can ask your doctor about them.

If research tends to increase your stress levels, ask a family member or friend to do it and to tell you what you need to know. Alternatively, you can hire a medical research service for a fee to do the work for you. Research services will take the details of your situation, search the literature, and prepare a report for you. For more information, see "To Learn More."

If you are pregnant, recommended treatments may be different than if you were not pregnant.

A few reputable sources for breast cancer treatment information which are kept up-to-date are:

Please share how this information is useful to you. 0 Comments


Post a Comment Have something to add to this topic? Contact Us.

Characters remaining:

  • Allowed markup: <a> <i> <b> <em> <u> <s> <strong> <code> <pre> <p>
    All other tags will be stripped.