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New Treatment Options for Breast Cancer Belen NM

Most of them however are used in combination with surgery for best effects, either prior to it, in order to reduce the size of the tumor or after the operation, in order to remove any remaining cancerous cells. For a better understanding of these alternative treatment methods for breast cancer, we ll take a closer look at each, explaining how they work and in what cases they might prove useful.

George Albert Ritcher, MD
(505) 843-7813
500 Walter St NE Ste 508
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1971

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Barbara Ruth Bogart, MD
PO Box 34157
Santa Fe, NM
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1974

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Masoud Khorsand Sahbaie, MD
(505) 627-9110
PO Box 1574
Roswell, NM
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Wien, Med Fak, Wien, Austria (407-26 3/1938 To 6/1945)
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Eastern New Mexico Med Ctr -No, Roswell, Nm
Group Practice: Southeastern NM Internal Mdcn

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Mitchell J Binder
(505) 917-2312
8300 Constitution Ave Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Yehuda Z Patt, MD
(505) 272-5837
900 Camino De Salud,
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: The Hebrew Univ, Hadassah Med Sch, Jerusalem, Israel
Graduation Year: 1967

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Clark Elliott Haskins, MD
(505) 842-8171
4901 Lang Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, Nm
Group Practice: New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants Ltd

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James Alan Neidhart, MD
(505) 324-6851
2413 N Hidden Glenn St
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish, Navaho
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Durango, Co; San Juan Reg Med Ctr, Farmington, Nm
Group Practice: San Juan Surgical Associates

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Meera Ravindranathan
(505) 272-2751
900 Camino De Salud
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Hematology / Oncology

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Patrick H Judson
(505) 955-7900
490a W Zia Rd
Santa Fe, NM
Specialty
Medical Oncology

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Natalie A Marshall
(505) 842-8171
4901 Lang Ave Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

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New Treatment Options for Breast Cancer

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New Treatment Options For Breast Cancer
By Nishanth Reddy 
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Although surgery is the most effective (and hence, the most widely used) breast cancer treatment method, there are several other ways of dealing with the disease, some are more powerful than the others. These include radiation therapy, chemotherapy or hormonal therapy, each of them with their own assets and downsides.

Most of them however are used in combination with surgery for best effects, either prior to it, in order to reduce the size of the tumor or after the operation, in order to remove any remaining cancerous cells. For a better understanding of these alternative treatment methods for breast cancer, we ll take a closer look at each, explaining how they work and in what cases they might prove useful.

Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy uses powerful gamma rays (x-rays) which target the specific area that needs to be treated with high precision. Usually, radiation therapy is performed after surgery, to destroy any cancer cells that have not been removed or the ones that formed up where the tumor was removed. Although it can t be used as, a treatment on its own, radiation therapy is one of the most accepted post-surgery methods of breast conserving therapy (BCT) and has a high chance of stopping the cancer from recurring.

As with all treatments involving x-rays, there are some downsides to radiation therapy. First, in order to wipe out the cancerous cells that might have formed (or remained) in the area where the tumor was removed from, the x-rays will eventually damage some of the healthy tissue too. Although the process is highly precise, the rays cannot make a difference between cancerous and normal cells, so they burn them together.

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy involves the administration of drugs that kill the cancer cells or stop them from growing. Most chemotherapy medications are given through an intravenous line, although some are administered in pill form. Chemotherapy is a harsh regime, which often makes people feel more ill than the illness they are suffering from; however, it has been proved very effective.

Chemotherapy is a great treatment method to use both prior and after surgery. With the help of this method, you can virtually contract the cancerous tumor before the actual surgery, making it easier and less complex to remove. In addition, chemotherapy is used in the same sense as radiation therapy after the surgical intervention, to stop the diseased cells to recur.

Chemotherapy is administered usually in cycles where each cycle consists of a period of intensive treatment that lasts for a few days or weeks followed by a week of recovery. Most patients with breast cancer have two to four cycles of chemotherapy to start with before tests are performed to see what effects it has had on the cancer.

Chemotherapy is differe...

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