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Daniel Pan R.Ph. Daniel Pan, R.Ph.,
Oncology Pharmacist

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“Three tips to help make your cancer treatment more effective.”


If you've been diagnosed with cancer, we suggest that you discuss these three tips with your doctor. They may help minimize the side effects of treatment and help you have a more successful outcome.


ONE: double-check your dosing.

When used properly, chemotherapy medication kills cancer cells with minimal harm to normal cells. But here's the tricky part: Too much chemotherapy can make you sick. Too little, and your cancer will continue to grow. Dosage for many chemotherapy drugs is based on your height and weight. To be sure you get the correct dose, make sure your doctors and pharmacist know your correct height and weight.


TWO: manage pain aggressively.

Pain and nausea are among the unfortunate side effects of cancer and its treatments. But there's good news: There are a range of medications that can help. If you're feeling the side effects of cancer and/or your treatment, don't be afraid to ask your doctor to manage your pain more aggressively.


THREE: Follow through with your treatment as directed.

There are a wide variety of treatments for cancer. But even the best treatment won't be as effective if you don't follow through with it as directed. For example, some medications that are used to prevent breast cancer from coming back, must be taken for five years. At Medco, we often see women who discontinue their treatment early. As a result, they don't receive the full benefit of the treatment, which is to help prevent the cancer from returning.


Important new study.

About 10% of women who take tamoxifen for breast cancer don't respond to it. That's why Medco is undertaking a new study to determine whether a genetic test can be used to tell if if a patient will respond to this medication. Such a test will save precious time for breast cancer patients who don't respond to tamoxifen and who might require an alternative medication.




 
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