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New Treatment Options for Breast Cancer New Castle DE

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.

Geert Kolvenbag, MD
(302) 886-2801
PO Box 15437
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Victor Sandor, MD
(302) 885-9722
C1C 324 1800 Concord Pk
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Edwin C Douglass, MD
(302) 498-6857
Bldg E336 Rte 141 and Henry Clay Rd
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1974

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Martin F Konwinski
(302) 633-5302
1601 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Husein Q Campwal, MD
(302) 633-5525
1601 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Gregory Crawford Griffin, MD
(302) 651-5500
PO Box 269
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Christiana Hosp, Newark, De; Dupont Hosp For Children, Wilmington, De
Group Practice: Alfred I Du Pont Institute

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Tarek Sahmoud, MD, PHD
(302) 886-4071
1800 Concord Pk C1C 722
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Timothy Francis Wozniak, MD
(302) 731-7782
1010 N Bancroft Pkwy Ste 21
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp, Wilmington, De; Christiana Care -Wilmington, Wilmington, De; Christiana Hosp, Newark, De
Group Practice: Regional Hematology & Oncology

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Hong Chu Wang, MD
(920) 923-7950
PO Box 269
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Taipei Med Coll, Taipei, Taiwan (385-04 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1970
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Hospital: St Agnes Hospital, Fond Du Lac, Wi
Group Practice: Radiation Oncology

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Maureen F Edelson, MD
(302) 651-4429
PO Box 269
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1990

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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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