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Working With a Pain Management Team

If you experience pain that persists in spite of treatment, or you feel that your doctor cannot give you the help you need, you might consider working with a pain management team. Many hospitals and medical centers now have pain management programs — also called palliative care programs — staffed by a range of health
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Working With a Pain Management Team

If you experience pain that persists in spite of treatment, or you feel that your doctor cannot give you the help you need, you might consider working with a pain management team. Many hospitals and medical centers now have pain management programs — also called palliative care programs — staffed by a range of health
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Keeping a Pain Diary

Developing the best pain control plan depends on being able to give your doctors and nurses a detailed description of what you’re feeling, where, and when. You can do this by keeping a daily record of your pain, either in a notebook or on your computer. Begin by listing all of your pain medications, their…
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Chemotherapy for Certain Small, Hormone-Receptor-Positive, HER2-Positive Breast Cancers Seems to Improve Survival

When looking at treatment outcomes for small, hormone-receptor-positive, HER2-positive breast cancers that have not spread to the lymph nodes, a study suggests that women diagnosed with cancers 8–10 mm (about 0.31 inches to 0.39 inches) in size had better survival when they were treated with chemotherapy after surgery compared to women diagnosed with smaller cancers.…
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Zometa

Brand name: Zometa Chemical name: Zoledronic acid Class: Bisphosphonate. Aredia is another bisphosphonate. How it works: Bisphosphonates limit the activity of certain bone cells, called osteoclasts, which help cause the bone weakening and destruction that can happen when breast cancer spreads to the bone. Bisphosphonates also can help keep blood calcium levels normal — important…
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Xeloda

Brand name: Xeloda Chemical name: Capecitabine Class: Antimetabolite chemotherapy. Fluorouracil, Gemzar, and methotrexate are other antimetabolites. How it works: Antimetabolites kill cancer cells by acting as false building blocks in a cancer cell’s genes, causing the cancer cell to die as it gets ready to divide. Uses: Xeloda often is used in combination with other…
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Vincristine

Chemical name: Vincristine Brand names: Oncovin, Vincasar PES, Vincrex Class: Vinca alkaloid chemotherapy. Navelbine is another vinca alkaloid. How it works: Vinca alkaloids kill cancer cells by interfering with genes and stopping the cells from reproducing themselves. Uses: Vincristine is used to treat advanced-stage breast cancer. How it’s given: Vincristine is given intravenously. Additional information:…
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Verzenio

Brand name: Verzenio Chemical name: Abemaciclib Class: Cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4/6 inhibitor. Ibrance and Kisqali are other CDK4/6 inhibitors used to treat breast cancer. How it works: A kinase is a type of protein in the body that helps control cell division. Verzenio works by inhibiting the kinase and stopping cancer cells from dividing and…
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Complementary Medicine Resource Guide

The following are trusted websites, guidelines, organizations, and books where you can get more accurate information about complementary medicine. American Cancer Society American Institute for Cancer Research MD Anderson Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Integrative Medicine  National Cancer Institute Complementary and Alternative Medicine National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  Society for Integrative…
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What Doctors and Patients Say About Complementary Medicine

What people say about complementary medicine If you have never tried these therapies — or even if you have — it can be helpful to hear what other people say about them. Some of the people featured in this section were using complementary therapies for years before they were diagnosed with breast cancer. Others were…
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Talking to Your Doctor About Complementary Medicine

About two-thirds of all people who use complementary medicine have not talked about these treatments with their cancer doctors. This could be for a number of reasons. Because medical schools didn’t offer classes on complementary therapies until relatively recently, you may think that your doctor doesn’t know anything about complementary medicine. Or maybe because some…
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The Healing Benefits of Complementary Medicine

People with breast cancer often have physical symptoms to deal with on a daily basis, such as pain, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Some of these come from the disease itself. Others are side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, or hormonal therapy. While scientific research on most complementary therapies is relatively new and the…
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Yoga

What is yoga? Yoga, which means “union,” is a 5,000-year-old system of principles and practices originating in India. Yoga incorporates nutrition guidelines, ethics, exercise, and meditation with the intention of bringing together the mind, body, and spirit. Most types of yoga practiced in the United States focus on movement and breathing, and do not require…
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Support Groups

What are support groups? Support groups are groups of people in similar life situations who meet on a regular basis to share their concerns. A support group is a safe place to exchange ideas about how to handle difficult issues. Support groups can meet regularly in person, by telephone, or online. Support groups can be…
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Reiki

What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese form of therapy that is delivered through the hands. Reiki means “universal life energy.” Reiki practitioners believe that energy surrounds and moves through the human body. Reiki attempts to balance the flow of this energy and stimulate the body’s healing abilities. Although there are no scientific studies showing…
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Meditation

What is meditation? Meditation is a focusing practice that suspends the normal stream of thoughts occupying the mind. Usually, the attention is focused on a specific thing, such as the breath or a phrase. Practicing meditation regularly is believed to calm the mind, increase alertness, and bring a person into a state of physical and…
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Journaling

What is journaling? Journaling is creating a written account of events and emotions that you experience. A journal can be as rough or complete as you choose. Some people find that they can’t end the day without putting an entry into their journal. Research has shown that journaling may be able to: help people experience…
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Chiropractic Therapy

What is chiropractic therapy? Chiropractic therapy focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure — mainly the spine — and the body’s function. Doctors of chiropractic, who are also called chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, mostly use a type of hands-on therapy called manipulation (or adjustment). Chiropractic therapy is used most often to treat musculoskeletal conditions…
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Points to Consider If You Want to Add Complementary Medicine to Your Treatment Plan

Because research on complementary medicine is so new, you have to be an informed consumer. Find out if any studies have been done on the safety and effectiveness of the technique in which you are interested. For each of the Types of Complementary Techniques in this section, Breastcancer.org reports on relevant studies.  Review the Society for…
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How Does Complementary Medicine Work?

Complementary medicine focuses on the interactions between your mind, your body, and your behavior. Research has shown that your emotional state, both good and not so good, affects your immune system’s ability to fight off disease. In one study, people with higher stress levels or more negative moods who were exposed to a cold virus came…
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