Breast Cancer: Stage 3 Treatment
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Learn More About Breast Cancer: Stage 3 Treatments
Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer? If so, learning more about their diagnosis might help you understand their situation better.
Breast cancer is not an easy disease to deal with. If a friend of yours or a loved one is currently grappling with this life-threatening disease, they will need all the support they can get from you and their other friends or family members to be able to get through this most difficult period in their life.
What is Stage 3 Breast Cancer?
When a person is diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, it means that the tumor has already spread to several neighboring lymph nodes, but not to another organ yet. The tumors that have developed at this stage may be larger than 5 centimeters.
According to the National Care Institute, a woman diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer has a 72% survival rate within the next five years – as long as she’s consistently receiving treatments and her body is responding well to those treatments.
Facts About Breast Cancer: Stage 3 Treatments
Depending on the patient’s current condition, the treatment options for stage 3 breast cancer can include a combination of medications as well as surgery. Since the cancer is in its advanced stage, treatment options might be limited.
To help you learn more about breast cancer: stage 3 treatments, Breast Cancer Car Donations gives you a lowdown on the various treatment options that the oncologist may recommend:
Chemotherapy works primarily to destroy cancer cells by using drugs that can either be injected through the veins or taken as pills by the patient. A woman undergoing chemotherapy might experience unpleasant side-effects, some of which may eventually go away a few days after the session. These side-effects include:
- Compromised immune system
- Hair loss
- Memory and concentration problems
- Dry mouth
- Changes in the skin and nails
Mastectomy and lumpectomy are still viable treatment options at this stage. The surgeon will remove the tumor in the breast along with some tissues and some affected lymph nodes. At this point, a woman can also choose to have her ovaries removed to reduce the production of the hormone estrogen, which promotes cancer cell growth.
3. Radiation therapy
Surgery and radiation therapy always go hand in hand. After the patient undergoes surgery, radiation therapy is then used to remove the remaining cancer cells that might not have been taken out during surgery.
4. Targeted therapy
Drugs that aim to reduce the HER2 protein are still quite useful during the third stage of breast cancer. Targeted therapy medication can suppress HER protein production in the body. This will enable the patient’s body to respond better to chemotherapy. In addition, medications designed to stop the ovaries from releasing cancer cell growth-promoting hormones are also another option.
Impact the Lives of Breast Cancer Patients Today!
Did you know that you can get rid of your clunker for free, enjoy a hefty tax write-off, and give needy breast cancer patients in your community a good chance of surviving the disease? You can make all these three wonderful things happen by simply donating that unwanted vehicle of yours to Breast Cancer Car Donations.
We accept nearly all types of vehicles regardless of their age or condition for as long as they can be sold at a good enough price. You can also make your donation anywhere in the United States since we have car donation programs in all 50 states.
We will sell your donated vehicle through auction and use the proceeds to support the life-saving breast health services that are being provided to uninsured and underprivileged individuals by our charity partners. These nonprofits provide their beneficiaries with easy access to medical facilities so they can undergo full treatment. They also offer free breast cancer screening as well as other breast cancer prevention and education services.
Since your vehicle donation will be in support of IRS-certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, it is tax-deductible. Following the auction sale of your vehicle, we will mail to you your 100% tax-deductible sales receipt so you can claim your tax deduction in the next tax season.
Do you have questions regarding our vehicle donation program? Call us at 866-540-5069 now or send us a message online. You can also check out our FAQs page for more details.
Donate Your Clunker Now!
If you’re ready to lend a helping hand to breast cancer patients fighting for their lives, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 866-540-5069 or fill out our online donation form. Give your old car a new and noble purpose by donating it now!