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Question from KySandy: I just had one session of FAC 100. Now I see studies indicating a much better response to TAC. Once you begin a therapy, is it ever switched?
Answers - Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. Your question is a good one and you have seen first-hand how quickly breast cancer care changes. FAC certainly is one of the "tried-and-true" recipes. There is one study that has suggested that a Taxotere-containing regimen may provide a benefit in some women.

It would be worth talking to your doctor about whether receiving a taxane after your FAC would give you additional benefit. It is so hard to know how to interpret the results of a study for your individual case. This may be another situation where a second opinion might help.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Chemotherapy Updates featured Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about advances in chemotherapy treatment: different types of drugs and regimens, how to reduce or eliminate unpleasant side effects, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2002.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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