Often there are no overt signs or warning symptoms, and the signs of breast cancer can vary depending on the person. It is good to be aware of your own body and changes in it. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should consult your primary care physician for further evaluation:
Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center (WVCI) has a team of experts ready to talk to you all about your options. Although there are a few treatment options available – surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy – each individual is different, so no treatment plan is the same. Your physician will recommend a treatment plan depending on a number of factors, such as type and location of cancer, the stage of the cancer at detection, and your age and general health. It’s important for you to learn the facts, know your options, and choose a treatment that’s best for you.
The side effects vary depending on the individual, the drug, and drug doses. A few common side effects of chemotherapy are nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, anemia, mouth sores, taste and smell changes, and menopause. Please discuss any concerns about the side effects of your treatment with your physician. You can also read about integrative care and alternative therapies that might help manage the side effects of traditional therapies.
At WVCI, patients have access to experimental innovative therapies through clinical trials because of our partnership with The US Oncology Network. These clinical trials provide our patients access to treatments otherwise unavailable. If you are interested in participating in a trial, talk to your oncologist.