Treatment For Stage 3b Breast Cancer In Addition To Chemotherapy?
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. We understand your confusion. Chemotherapy, or commonly called chemo alone, is one method of treatment to kill cancer cells. This method has many ways. There is a creamy and smeared form, there is a pill, capsule and liquid drink, there is an injection, either in the arm, in the thigh, into a vein, or preceded by surgery.
Chemotherapy is done for various reasons. Some aim to reduce the tumor to facilitate the next surgical procedure, to prevent spread, slow growth and destroy all existing cancer cells.
Regarding your question, it is true that there are a lot of side effects from chemo that might occur, although not everyone who goes through chemo definitely gets all of these side effects. However, what needs to be considered is whether there are other ways available for your mother. When talking about therapeutic options, there are various therapeutic options besides chemotherapy to deal with breast cancer, such as surgery, radiotherapy, hormone therapy, and target therapy which, if further explored, will be further divided into different types. But all these therapeutic options are not provided and may not be suitable for everyone. Must be considered the availability of tools, patient readiness, physical condition, and the purpose of the therapy itself. If your mother uses health insurance, the cost ceiling problem can also be a consideration.
Therefore, we suggest that you discuss your mother's fears with the doctor who treats her. Ask if with his current condition, he can accept other treatment options. You also have the right to ask the reason if your mother's doctor then says that the treatment cannot be replaced. If you or your mother are still curious, you have the right to seek a second opinion from another oncologist / cancer doctor. But of course, if the second doctor also says the same thing, that is indeed the best treatment for your mother now.
Beyond that, keep living a healthy lifestyle, by avoiding cigarette smoke, getting enough rest, eating foods rich in nutrients, avoiding stress, maintaining positive thoughts, and controlling routine. So, hopefully answering your question.