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    Decision Point (Other): My MIL's primary onco has stopped her aramidex and wants to start faslodex injections. Has anyone had a love one treated with faslodex? She has 5 more radiation treatments left. she is having difficulty difficulty swallowingdue to the radiation and that she is her legs are very weak not able to walk on it and it or standard hola no control of her bowel or bladder

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    Telling my MIL that Dr's have recommended hospice

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      BuckeyeShelby hit it on the mark! If she is mentally alert why in the heck isn't her oncologist discussing this with her??? And I don't think that is legal to do unless she has given up her power of attorney to someone else. But of course discuss this with her immediately, she is a grown woman and needs to be treated like one, just tell her the truth as gently as you can. She needs to be able to make plans and prepare. Although again it should be her oncologist doing this and talking with her about her diagnosis and her options. If she has a strong will to live and if she isn't happy hearing about hospice and wants to fight, please immediately take her to another oncologist and get a second or a third opinion because that doctor could be wrong. And the will to live is very powerful! But if she is ready to move on, yes I have heard wonderful things about hospice, they do everything possible to keep people comfortable and happy in their last few months.

      about 3 years ago
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      Has anyone had a love one treated with faslodex? 

      about 3 years ago
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      I've been on faslodex, how is she doing?

      about 3 years ago
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    faswilliams asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Radiation or no radiation

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      Radiation treatments are designed to kill off any cells that may have remained in the area after surgical removal of the primary tumor, reducing your risk for a local/regional recurrance. Even if you have clean surgical margins (your surgeon can explain further what that means), there may be undetected cells lurking, any of which can potentially develop into a new tumor in the future. If your oncologist or surgeon is recommending radiation treatments for you, I absolutely recommend that you go ahead with them. I had a double mastectomy by choice (my disease was on the left side)...whether or not radiation is recommended is dependent on the degree of disease that's found at the time of surgery. For me, diagnosed at Stage IIIc, deciding against radiation was not an option.

      Many, many patients go through radiation treatments without anything more than minor skin involvement and fatigue. Despite using aloe vera religiously, I developed some fairly involved burning towards the end of my treatments, which was successfully treated with Silvadene cream and Domoboro soaks - I was a bit uncomfortable for awhile there, but it did heal without complications. Your radiation oncologist will evaluate the placement of your heart and other major structures in your chest, and develop a treatment plan that will minimize the possibility of damage. I was fortunate that the normal position of my heart kept it well out of the treatment field.

      Do everything you can to fight this beast, and maximize your chances of walking away from treatment into a long and healthy future.

      Namaste,
      Christine

      about 3 years ago
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      One chance to get the optimum outcome. May as well throw everything at "it". I used calendula gel after each zap before I got dressed and before I left the clinic. No burns; my breast was a little pink after the 33rd zap. I drove myself to/from.

      about 3 years ago
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      Yes. Do it if it is recommended as part of your treatment plan. You never want to look back when told you should have done something and didn't . No "shoulda, woulda, coulda" later!

      about 3 years ago