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how long do people usually live with untreated breast cancer

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Variable: This is highly dependent on the cancer type and stage of presentation. Some aggressive forms of cancer may take over vital organs within months; oth ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sabel
28 years experience Surgical Oncology
Don't find out: It is impossible to answer this question without knowing more, particularly what stage the cancer is at. But don't find out. Even triple negative canc ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marwan Akasheh
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
The spread in months: Well it depends on the aggressiveness of the tumor itself since the grading of the tumor is variable. It will be counted in months and not years. In a ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Sisto
36 years experience Breast Surgery
No set time: My rule of thumb: treatment should be initiated = 6 weeks unless it's a particularly fulminant lesion-in which case psychological burden of delay alon ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
It depends.: The reality is that more than half of all women diagnosed with breast cancer will not die from breast cancer. While it is impossible to predict the t ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Yes.: In it's earliest stages, breast cancer usually does not cause any symptoms. Mammography is such an important screening test for breast cancer since i ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
34 years experience General Surgery
Years: Breast cancers are usually present for years before being found. They may produce a mass and no other symptoms until very advanced. This is part of th ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ryan Polselli
14 years experience Radiology
It depends...: I assume you're asking how long it takes before breast cancer begins to spread when not treated. That's a good question. It depends on many factors su ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Depends: The large majority of breast cancers today are cured. Especially when the cancer is hormonally responsive, i've seen women survive up to 20 years with ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Depends a whole: Lot on stage at diagnosis. Early diagnosis is key to longer survival and less disfiguring surgery.

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