Q-Linda: When is a chemo break reasonable?

A-Eric Winer, M.D. Again, this is an area where we can individualize treatment. In a woman who had very severe symptoms from her metastatic cancer and who is tolerating chemotherapy beautifully, I often continue chemotherapy for a long period of time, because studies have shown that the longer you continue, the longer the cancer will remain under control.

But with women who did not have such severe symptoms or who are tolerating chemotherapy poorly, I often stop the chemotherapy—because those same studies say that even though the cancer may start growing again, we can use the same treatment or other treatments at that time, and the long-term results will be very similar.  READ MORE: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/recur_metast/ask_expert/2003_09/question_20

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