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Abdominal Carcinamatosis From Breast Cancer Metastasis
The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...Read more
Staging: Breast cancer staging is described as t (tumor size), n (lymph node metastases) and m (metastases to sites like bone, lung, etc). In a simplified short answer: stage 0 is non-invasive breast cancer, stage 1 is no spread to lymph nodes, stage 2 and stage 3 has lymph node spread and larger tumors, and stage 4 would have metastases to other organs. ...Read more
All forms: of breast cancer can be considered serious, but to answer your question, yes, breast cancer with lymph node involvement is potentially curable, but the probability depends on a number of factors. Survival rates are very high if the tumor is small and the lymph node involvement is minimal(stage 1B), and become worse with increasing tumor size, extent of node involvement, and distant metastases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can angiogenesis and invasion influence tumor growth and metastasis in a patient with breast cancer?
The general concept: The general concept behind angiogenesis promoting cancer metastasis growth is that cancer cells / tumors use more nutrients and therefore need more blood flow than usual to grow to a large size, and that if we can inhibit this new vessel growth stimulated by tumors, we can limit the growth of the tumor. ...Read more
History of invasive breast cancer since 2006. Oncologist ran a CTC test, came back positive with level of 1 CTC. Does this mean I have metastasis now?
Ask your ordering dr: Glad you have well survived from invasive breast cancer. Your current CTC 0f 1 suggests your further survival is very favorable; that's good clinically. For more, review article in https://www.cellsearchctc.com/clinical-applications/interpretation-of-results. Of course, it would be most logical to ask the ordering oncologist since s/he knows more about your individual conditions than anyone online ...Read more
I had very low numbers in a grade 3, stage 3 er+ breast cancer (no lymph involvement), what are the chances of metastasis elsewhere?
Not sure what..: ...You mean by "low numbers". If you truly had a stage 3, node negative cancer, it would be a t4n0m0 (stage iiib). Being er+ is good but a grade 3, stage 3 still has a fair risk of relapse. You need an aggressive approach with chemo, surgery, radiation, and endocrine therapy. My advise: do your best to complete therapy and do not focus too much in numbers or odds. Best 2u. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more
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