What is "comfort chemo?"

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Question from Carrie: I have breast cancer, and I am in Stage IV. I have had 5 rounds of chemo and am finishing up on radiation of 7 weeks. They say I will be on comfort chemo after this—just what is that?
Answers - Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. Your doctors are using the term "comfort chemo" to emphasize that the purpose of treatment is to make you feel better. In other words, if you feel worse on treatment than you did off of treatment, you need to work with your doctor to achieve the best quality of life possible.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. You might want to visit the Breastcancer.org discussion boards and chat rooms where you can connect with other women who can support you through your on-going therapy.
Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. Having Stage IV breast cancer can feel very lonely, and it doesn't need to.

On Wednesday, February 18, 2004, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Chemotherapy UpdatesJennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about advances in chemotherapy treatment: different types of drugs and regimens, how to reduce or eliminate unpleasant side effects, and more.

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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