Staying on Track With Treatment

Staying on Track With Treatment

There are many different reasons why people may not follow their treatment plan as well as they should. But the more you stay on track, the more the treatment is likely to benefit you.

Treatment for breast cancer is a long-term commitment. Initial treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can require trips to the hospital or doctor’s office for several months. You also may need to take medications for up to 5 or even 10 additional years to lower the risk that the cancer will come back.

You’ll get the best results from treatment when you follow your plan completely and on schedule. Doctors often call this "full compliance" or "full adherence." Staying on track can be challenging, though, especially after the first few months.

There are many different reasons why people may not follow their treatment plan as well as they should. Remember that these are common problems: If you're having them, you're not alone! But the more you stay on track, the more the treatment is likely to benefit you.

In this section, you can read more about these common problems and how to overcome them:

— Last updated on July 27, 2022, 1:45 PM

 
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Reviewed by 3 medical advisers
 
Jennifer Griggs, MD, MPH
University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Partridge, MD, MPH
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Marisa C. Weiss, MD
Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, PA
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