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Inflammatory breast cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer cure: Major treatment approach

Inflammatory breast cancer cure

Inflammatory breast cancer cure using various treatment approaches

The best inflammatory breast cancer cure arises from the major treatment approaches beginning with chemotherapy, followed by surgery and radiation therapy. Doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center is going to help us understand the significance of these treatment approach as follows.

Chemotherapy – this uses chemicals to kill cancer cells. The patient is given chemotherapy drugs through a vein (intravenously), in pill form or both. Chemotherapy normally precedes surgery for inflammatory breast cancer through a process known as neoadjuvant therapy. Its aims to shrink the cancer before the surgery. Chemotherapy can also be used after surgery.

Surgery – after a successful chemotherapy, the patient goes through an operation to remove the affected breast (mastectomy). A modified radical mastectomy is used in removing the breast completely and other nearby lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are tested for signs of cancer.

Radiation therapy – this uses high-powered energy beams like X-rays and protons to kill cancer cells. The patient is laid on a table while the radiating machine moves around the patient directing the energy beams to cancer cells. This approach can be applies either before or after both chemotherapy and surgery to kill any remnants of cancer cells in the breast and under the arm. Besides the three, there are other treatments that may be used if tests reveals that they may be beneficial. Like for instance

Inflammatory breast cancer cure: Other treatments approaches

Targeted therapy ­-The therapy kills cancer by focusing on the cancer cells’ vulnerabilities. However, where inflammatory breast cancer has a genetic mutation, medications like trastuzumab (Herceptin) and pertuzumab (Perjeta) may be administered. These medications target a protein called HER2 that helps some inflammatory breast cancer cells grow and rapidly. When the HER2 are produced in large numbers, these medications will block HER2 killing the cancer cells. These medications can be combined with chemotherapy.

Hormone therapy ­– where the inflammatory breast cancer is penetrating the hormones, hormonal therapy may be recommended. The following are some of the hormone therapy treatments:

  • A medication that blocks hormones from attaching to cancer cells. Tamoxifen is a type of drug called a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM). SERMs act by blocking any estrogen present in the body from attaching to the estrogen receptor on the cancer cells, slowing the growth of tumors and killing tumor cells.
  • Medications that stop the body from making estrogen after menopause. Aromatase inhibitors are drugs blocking the action of an enzyme that converts androgens in the body into estrogen. They are effective only in postmenopausal women.

Inflammatory breast cancer cure: Palliative care

Palliative care is specialized medical care that focuses on providing relief from pain and other symptoms of a serious illness. Palliative care specialists work with the patient and their loved ones alongside their specialist to provide an extra layer of support to complements the ongoing care. Palliative care can be used while undergoing other aggressive treatments like surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. According to the expert opinion of doctor Akoury, palliative care is essential and when implemented together with all the relevant treatments, cancer patients will feel a shy of relief and live longer. As professionals, we want to be part of your healing process. You can call us for more care and professional input.

Inflammatory breast cancer cure: Major treatment approach



DCIS treatment readiness

DCIS treatment readiness: Preparing for your appointment

DCIS treatment readiness

DCIS treatment readiness is very essential. For timely treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) patients must seek timely solutions

Like with all other cancer, DCIS treatment readiness is very essential. For timely treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) patients need to schedule an appointment with their specialist immediately they notice a lump or any other unusual changes on the breast. Speaking to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center, it is important that if you’re seeking for second opinion, you must submit to your new doctor all the tests results of all the previous tests done. Submit all the original diagnostic mammogram images and biopsy results to your new appointment. These should include your mammography images, ultrasound CD and glass slides from your breast biopsy. As you make that move, the following pieces of information will prepare you for your new appointment including what to expect from your doctor:

DCIS treatment readiness: What you can do

Document your medical history, be honest and detailed stating any benign breast conditions you may have been diagnosed with and any radiotherapy you may have received before.

Family history of breast cancer, especially among the nuclear and very close members of the family.

List of both current and past medications. This should include all prescription, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies. Never forget to mention hormonal replacement therapy where applicable.

Be in company of a family member or friend during the appointment. The pain that come with cancer diagnosis can make you lose focus. A second ear is important for accuracy of information.

Write down questions to ask your doctor. In your state of mind it may be easy to forget what you wanted to ask. Listing prior questions is going to help you benefit fully. The following are some questions you may want to ask your doctor about DCIS:

  • What treatment approach is appropriate?
  • What tests would reveal the type and stage of cancer?
  • Do I need to change my lifestyle to help reduce my risk of a DCIS recurrence?
  • Are there any side effects or complications during treatment?
  • Is seeing a genetic counselor necessary?
  • How effective is this treatment approach effective in women with a similar diagnosis?
  • How will recurrence of DCIS be handled?
  • For how long will I need follow-up visits upon completing treatment?
  • Is a second opinion necessary?
  • Do I have breast cancer?

These are just guide lines. You can use to make your own. Always remember to ask without holding. It is very important for you and the doctor.

DCIS treatment readiness: What to expect from your doctor

Besides your own question, the doctor will also have some questions for you. Such will be to help him/her give an informed professional opinion. It is likely that your doctor will ask some of the following:

  • What is your daily diet like, do you take alcohol?
  • Have you in the past or your close female relatives been tested for the BRCA gene mutations?
  • Have you had other breast biopsies or operations?
  • Have you gone through menopause?
  • Have you ever had radiation therapy?
  • Besides this, have you been diagnosed with any breast conditions?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
  • In your family history, has anyone had breast cancer?
  • Are you using or have you used any medications or supplements to relieve the symptoms of menopause?
  • How active are you physically?

Try your best to give honest responses and feel free to explain all you can. This is not a very good time for anyone but as experts at AWAREmed health center, we will always be there for you to help you go through this. You can call us for any further professional advice.

DCIS treatment readiness: Preparing for your appointment


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DCIS treatment

DCIS treatment: Lumpectomy and radiation

DCIS treatment

DCIS treatment is one with high hopes of giving positive outcome

Treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is one with high hopes of giving positive outcome. The success rate of removing the tumor and preventing any reoccurrence is almost guaranteed says doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. In most cases, DCIS treatment options includes lumpectomy and radiation therapy as well as a simple mastectomy.

DCIS treatment: Surgery

Any patient diagnose with DCIS will have to make a decision between treating the disease using breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) or breast-removing surgery (mastectomy).

Lumpectomy this type of surgery is essential in removing the area of DCIS alongside a margin of healthy tissue that surrounds it. The advantage of the procedure is that it allows the patient to sparingly remove portions of the affected breast thereby limiting the need for breast reconstruction

Mastectomy – a simple mastectomy is essential for treating DCIS by removing the breast tissue, skin, areola and nipple, and possibly the underarm lymph nodes (sentinel node biopsy) is one option. In most instance, this treatment will be followed by breast reconstruction if the patient wishes to do so. Doctor Akoury reiterates that, most women with DCIS are direct candidates for lumpectomy. However, mastectomy may be recommended if:

You have a large area of DCIS – In the event that the area is big compared with the size of the breast, a lumpectomy may not produce acceptable cosmetic results.

There’s more than one area of DCIS (multifocal or multicentric disease). It’s difficult to remove multiple areas of DCIS with a lumpectomy. This is true if DCIS is found in different sections of the breast.

Tissue samples taken for biopsy show abnormal cells at or near the edge of the tissue specimen – where the DCIS is more than what was anticipated, in that case a lumpectomy may be inadequate to remove all areas of DCIS. Therefore, additional tissue may be excised. This may require removing the breast (mastectomy) if the area of DCIS involvement is larger relative to the size of the breast.

You’re not a candidate for radiation therapy. Radiation is usually given after a lumpectomy. You may not be a candidate if you’re diagnosed in the first trimester of pregnancy, you’ve received prior radiation to your chest or breast, or you have a condition that makes you more sensitive to the side effects of radiation therapy, such as systemic lupus erythematosus.

DCIS treatment: Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, such as X-rays, to kill abnormal cells. Radiation therapy after lumpectomy reduces the chance that DCIS will come back (recur) or that it will progress to invasive cancer.

A type of radiation therapy called external beam radiation is most commonly used to treat DCIS.

Radiation is typically used after lumpectomy. But for some women, radiation may not be necessary. This might include those with only a small area of DCIS that is considered low grade and was completely removed during surgery.

DCIS treatment: Tamoxifen

The drug tamoxifen blocks the action of estrogen — a hormone that fuels some breast cancer cells and promotes tumor growth — to reduce your risk of developing invasive breast cancer.

Tamoxifen is effective only against cancers that grow in response to hormones Tamoxifen isn’t a treatment for DCIS in and of itself, but it can be considered as additional (adjuvant) therapy after surgery or radiation in an attempt to decrease your chance of developing a recurrence of DCIS or invasive breast cancer in either breast in the future.

DCIS treatment: Lumpectomy and radiation


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Handling pancreatic cancer

Handling pancreatic cancer: How treatment is done?

Handling pancreatic cancer

Handling pancreatic cancer. There are several treatment options available which your doctor can apply after the diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.

Handling pancreatic cancer in good time is essential owing to the dangers and threats associated with this condition. There are several treatment options available which your doctor can apply after the diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. According to the expert at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, cancer disease is not like any other disease to buy time with. Immediately you notice some sign or symptoms, you need to consult with your doctor right away. Your doctor will discuss with you treatment options depending on the type and stage of the cancer and among other factors. The following are some of the treatment options for people with pancreatic cancer:

Handling pancreatic cancer: Surgery

An oncologist can carry out a surgery primarily to remove the affected part of the pancreas. This is only possible if cancer has not metastasized or spread. Using either of the following surgical procedures, the problem can be cured effectively:  

Whipple procedure – this is common in cancers of the head of the pancreas. The pancreas head or the whole organ is removed with a portion of the stomach, lymph nodes, and other tissue. It is a risky and complicated exercise. The complications can be dangerous and include infections, bleeding, and other stomach problems.

Distal pancreatectomy under this, the tail of pancreas is eliminated. Occasionally part of the pancreas together with the spleen is also removed. The procedure is essential for treating islet cell or neuroendocrine tumors.

Total pancreatectomy The whole pancreas is removed. The risk of living without your pancreas is that you will suffer diabetic for the rest of your life because you will not be able to produce insulin.

Handling pancreatic cancer: Radiation

Radiation treatment, also known as radiotherapy, destroys cancerous cells by emitting high-energy rays on the cancer cells. The exercise will kill the formation of all the molecules essential for making the cancer cells. Radiotherapy can be used as a standalone treatment to shrink a tumor or destroy cancer cells. Nonetheless, it can also be used alongside other cancer treatments. Radiation treatments for pancreatic cancer are usually given 5 days a week for 5 to 6 weeks.

Handling pancreatic cancer: Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is normally used primarily in the treatment of cancer that has spread or metastasized. Chemotherapy uses specially designed drugs which are delivered into the body through various means. Such drugs has the potential to identify the cancerous cells and to isolate the non-cancerous cells. As the medication is transported into the body, the drug does the isolation and separation of both the cancerous and non-cancerous cells effectively. This kind of treatment is done periodically at certain intervals thereby allowing adequate healing time between the doses. This is also done after the surgery to reduce the risk of recurrence of pancreatic cancer.

Finally, when handling pancreatic cancer problems, your doctor will discuss with you all the possible result before administering treatment. You have all the right to ask questions and get answers including seeking for a second opinion. AWAREmed Health Center will be willing to help you understand any doubt lingering in your mind. You can call us now for a much desired professional consultation.

Handling pancreatic cancer: How treatment is done?


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Lung cancer health problems

Lung cancer health problems

Lung cancer health problems can be avoided if only you can avoid some of these drugs

Lung cancer health problems: Understanding the risk factors

It is true that cigarette smoking is a major factor when it comes to the understanding of what lung cancer health problems are, but it is worth noting that, it’s not all about cigarette smoking that increases the risk factors for lung cancers. Experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury reiterates that there are other risks as well including:

  • Marijuana – This is a very powerful substance whose effect is very significant. Smoking just one marijuana cigarette, or a joint has the capability of affecting the lungs to the tune of smoking a whole pack of cigarettes.
  • Certain chemicals – These include arsenic and asbestos they are equally able to increase the risk.
  • Radiation – This comes a result of exposures from your workplace, medical tests, or from the environment (such as radioactive dust).
  • Radon gas – This includes exposure from your home or workplace.
  • Air pollution – Living where the air is polluted can increase your risk of lung cancer due to the inhalation of contaminated oxygen.

Lung cancer health problems: Changes in gene mutations

The risk of lung cancer may also come due to changes in gene mutations. These gene changes often occur as one approach old age. As the precautionary measure, it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you:

  • Experience unexpected onset of chest pain which is characterized by crushing or squeezing and is progressing in intensity, or appears with symptoms associated with heart attacks like shortness of breath and nausea.
  • Experiencing sudden difficulty in breathing.
  • If you are coughing up a lot of blood (not just streaks of blood or a small amount of blood mixed with a lot of mucus) from your lungs.
  • Have been vomiting and feeling that you are likely to pass out when you sit up or stand for some time.

As mention earlier cancer is a very devastating illness and it will be advisable that you are always in constant touch with your doctor to find out when an evaluation is needed resulting from your health experiences like if you:

  • Have new chest pain (more than just discomfort when you a cough) that lasts a long time and deteriorate when you take a deep breath.
  • Develop symptoms of pneumonia like shortness of breath, cough, and fever.
  • Have a cough that produces a small amount of bloody (bright red or rust-colored) mucus.
  • Frequently cough up yellow or green mucus from your lungs (not postnasal drainage) for longer than 2 days.
  • Vomit regularly when coughing.
  • Have a prolonged cough that goes for four weeks or even more.
  • When you breathe normally when you resting but lacks breathe after undertaking a physical activity.
  • Experience increasing fatigue for no good reason.
  • Have suddenly begun losing weight.

Finally, treating cancer very costly than preventing it. We have discussed some of the risk factors involved with smoking being the key in relation to lung cancer. We have a duty to defend health from the frustration of lung cancer by ensuring that what we can prevent is prevented. Drug addictions of any kind must be treated soonest and to do this involving expert at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center should be your starting point. If you are struggling with tobacco addiction, schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury today for the commencement of your recovery process professionally.

Lung cancer health problems: Understanding the risk factors