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paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation
A medicine used to treat breast cancer that has spread or that has come back within 6months ofchemotherapy treatment. It is being studied in the treatment of newly diagnosed breast cancers. Also called ABI-007, Abraxane, nanoparticle paclitaxel, protein-bound paclitaxel.
Relief of symptoms and suffering caused by breast cancer and other life-threatening diseases, such as pain and fatigue. Palliation helps an individual feel more comfortable and improves quality of life, but does not cure the disease. Pain medicine, emotional support services and surgery to remove painful tumors are all forms of palliation.
Care given to improve the quality of life of people with serious, long-term or life-threatening diseases. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of a disease, side effects caused by treatment of a disease, and the psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment. Also called comfort care, supportive care, and symptom management. Pain medicine, emotional support services and surgery to remove painful tumors are all forms of palliation. Palliative care is also available through hospice care for end of life, but may be used at any stage of treatment.
Treatment given to relieve the symptoms and reduce the suffering caused by breast cancer and other long-term or life-threatening diseases. Palliative cancer therapies are given together with other cancer treatments, from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, survivorship, and during recurrent or advanced disease. Palliative therapy is also available through hospice care for end of life, but may be used at any stage of treatment.
Also called carboplatin. A medicine being studied in the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer and that is used to treat advanced ovarian cancer. Paraplatin is a form of the anticancer agent cisplatin and causes fewer side effects. It attaches to DNA in cells and may kill cancer cells. It is a type of platinum compound.
A form of nutrition given by vein, usually in a hospital or clinic setting. It is a way of getting nutrients into the body when the body can't absorb them on its own. These problems can be caused by vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal disease or as a side effect of high-dose chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants. Also called hyperalimentation, total parenteral nutrition, and TPN.