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New Treatment Options for Breast Cancer Westbrook ME

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.

Owen B Pickus
(207) 857-9311
2 Chabot St
Westbrook, ME
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Laurie Ann Small, MD
(207) 761-0125
887 Congress St Ste 100
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Sarah Allen Thurman, MD
(207) 871-2276
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1996

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Cornelius John McGinn, MD
(207) 871-2276
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1989

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Charles Kazuto Tashima, MD
(207) 879-3030
144 State St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1956
Hospital
Hospital: Central Maine Med Ctr, Lewiston, Me
Group Practice: St Mary's Hematology/Oncology

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Ian J Bristol
(207) 662-2276
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

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Stuart Gary Gilbert, MD
(207) 885-7750
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Maine Med Ctr, Portland, Me
Group Practice: Spectrum Medical Group; Spectrum Medical Group At Maine Med Ctr Scarborough

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Marjorie Ann Boyd
(207) 774-5662
19 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Hematology, Hematology / Oncology

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Louis G Bove, MD
(207) 207-7740
32 Penrith Rd
Portland, ME
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1952

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Virginia Moodey Hamilton, MD
(207) 885-7565
17 Lower Falls Rd
Falmouth, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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