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A 32-year-old member asked:

Different types of breast cancer. are some a lot worse than others?

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Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Definitely: There are lots of different subtypes of breast cancer. All have different prognoses and different recommended treatments.
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Dr. David Masiello
Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Yes: There are several types of breast cancer, and some are worse than others, for instance a sarcomotoid breast cancer is very aggressive nd resistant to treatment. Even within ductal carcinomas (the most common type of breast cancer) we now recognize three separte types, luminal (phenobarbital) a, luminal (phenobarbital) b, and basal, with basal being the most aggressive.
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 31 years experience
Many: We're just starting to understand the different types. General categories are er+, er/pr/her2+, er-/her2+, and er/pr/her2-. Her2+ tend to be more aggressive but can be counteracted w/herceptin. Triple neg are also more aggressive but some of these are very chemosensitive. Genomic analysis/microarrays allows further subdividing. The environment of the tumor in the body is also likely critical.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

Could you give me some information on different types of breast cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
NCI: National cancer institute website (www.Cancer.Gov) has info by cancer type. There are other reputable websites as well. Do not get your info from sites that sound like like "uncle joe's cancer network" not all you read in the web is true.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the different types of breast cancer and there names?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
A large number: Wikipedia is pretty good on this. It's a major research subject nowadays as well as a big part of a pathologist's job. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/breast_cancer_classification.
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