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New Treatment Options for Breast Cancer Kihei HI

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.

Paul C Coty
(808) 243-6000
80 Mahalani St
Wailuku, HI
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Paul Charles Coty, MD
(808) 243-6302
80 Mahalani St
Wailuku, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1997

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Keith Yoshio Terada, MD
(808) 526-2477
1329 Lusitana St Ste 803
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1981

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Kunio Miyazawa, MD
(808) 236-4726
44-031 Kaimalu Pl
Kaneohe, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kobe Univ, Fac Of Med, Chuo-Ku, Kobe, Japan
Graduation Year: 1961

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Dr.Charles Miller
(808) 432-0000
3288 Moanalua Road
Honolulu, HI
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M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1970
Speciality
Oncologist
General Information
Hospital: Kaiser Foundation Hosp, Honolulu, Hi
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Bobby Calvin Baker, MD
(304) 343-1300
227 Mahalani St
Wailuku, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1982

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Bobby Baker
(304) 343-1300
227 Mahalani St
Wailuku, HI
Specialty
Radiation Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Cancer Institute Of Maui

Chuong Huu Nguyen, MD
941 Kamehameha Hwy
Pearl City, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1998

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Danny Morito Takanishi, MD
(808) 586-2920
1356 Lusitana St Fl 6
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1987

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Kenneth S Yamamoto, MD
(808) 983-8394
1319 Punahou St # 734
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Seton Med Ctr, Daly City, Ca; St Marys Hosp Med Ctr, San Francisco, Ca

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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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