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Adema Carcinoma Breast Cancer
How much time for incurable breast cancer that has spread to the bones, the spine and lymph nodes which have caused edema in the arm?
Possibly long time:
One of the sites of metastatic breast cancer that responds to newer chemo drugs is osseous involvement. All depend of course on hormone status of the tumor and whether it is triple negative or responds to herceptin/taxol.
I now believe that what is in the nodes such as axilla stay in axilla and if not removed may cause the swelling of the arm. Age here is also a factor. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Yes: Mucinous, or colloid, breast cancers are a rare type of breast cancer characterized by the production of mucus within the tumor. These tend to be low-grade tumors, are usually estrogen-receptor positive and her-2/neu negative. Treatment follows the same criteria for all breast cancers. ...Read more
It depends on many f: Most women with localized breast cancer do very well and there is high cure rate. Overall 75%-80% of breast cancers are curable. But you need to know what stage of cancer it is? You should also know what subtype (there are 3 different types) of breast cancer it is. Further there is the matter of what type of adjuvant therapy (post surgery treatment) was used. I'am sure your oncologist can answeryr. ...Read more
Very good: I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. The most recent us data reports a 5-yr survival rate of 81% for stage iia and 74% for stage iib breast ca. However, keep in mind these #s do not take into account the age and/or health of the patient, the specific tumor markers, nor the most current rx options. I am certain that your oncologist can give you much more information about your specific cancer. ...Read more
Chart reads breast cancer (HCC) (worded exactly). What does the HCC mean? Is it only Hepatocellular carcinoma?
My wife was just diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma stage 2 breast cancer. What can you tell me about this kind of cancer?
Palpable lesion: Stage II breast cancer indicates a slightly more advanced form of breast cancer. The cancer cells have spread beyond the original location and into the surrounding breast tissue, and the tumor is larger than in stage I disease. However, stage II means the cancer has not spread to a distant part of the body. At resection the lymph nodes were neg and treatment standard depending on hormone status. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my wife was just diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma stage 2 breast cancer. Can anyone share some info?
UCSF Med Ctr.: Get oncology consult. Either UCSF / UC Davis or Stanford. ...Read more
What is the normal timescale in finding a breast cancer and being operated on? In relation to 5mm of intraductal carcinoma grade 3?
Varies: This can depend on your overall health, your surgical risks, timing of getting a surgeon consultation. Availability of the operating room, scheduling with radiology to localize such a small lesion of 5 mm. Etc. This may take 1-3 weeks to schedule depending on these and other potential factors. ...Read more
For oncologists, I am a pharmacist I want to know Invasive ductal carcinoma in which stage of breast cancer?
Could be any stage: Once invasive could be any stage depending on spread in a " in situ " cancer (Stage 0)the cancer cells are staying in side the duct, almost like sleeping inside milk dicts (dormant) once they break out from limiting (holding) membrane and comes our of duct then termed as invasive cancer the staging begins like Stage I and on to other stages. II, III. IV. Good Luck in your profe ...Read more
Is it possible during treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma that you could also develop inflammatory breast cancer?
Yes: It can happen if the tumor is resistant to the current therapy. Rare but it does occur so regular follow up is important. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Is ductal carcinoma in situ really breast cancer? Can lifestyle, nutrition or supplements affect its course or occurrence?
Precancerous: Carcinoma in-situ is just one step short of cancer. There is no scientific evidence for or against life style changes altering the course of in-situ lesions. You may engage in life style changes that promote a healthy life style but should not omit conventional treatment. Steve jobs low grade cancer became fatal while he tried to treat it by alternative methods. See your doctor. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with ductal carcinoma (stage 1) breast cancer. Is it normal if the doctor wants me to have a lumpectomy?
Yes: A lumpectomy may be necessary to remove the remain tumor, as well as giving you the best option to conserve breast tissue. ...Read more
What are the odds of having stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma her2 positive breast cancer and papillary thyroid cancer at age 40?
Odds are low.: But it is still possible to have both. Risk of having papillary thyroid before forty is about 13/100, 000. Risk of having breast Ca is about 11/100, 000. The overlap of the two independent events is slightly less than 1 in a million. ...Read more
Maybe none: Early breast cancer has no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer may later present as a painless firm breast lump. Rarely changes in color of the skin, sometimes nipple will get retracted or breast skin pulled inward. Best is to have yearly physical examination and mammogram after age 40 before these symptoms occur. Any breast lump, painful or not, should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more
A lump in the breast: This is how most women discover their breast cancer. However most such lumps turn out to be benign. If you do monthly breast self exam, you will be able to tell if you have any new lumps. They are often painless and grow in size if left unattended for more then 1 or 2 months. The tumor can also spread outside of the breast if not treated. Promptly. ...Read more
Not directly: Breast cancer is not directly passed from parent to child. However, an increased risk of developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in the genes brca1 and brca2 increase your chance of developing breast cancer. You are not 100% guaranteed to get breast cancer if you inherit these genes, but the risk can be as high as 85%. ...Read more
Sometimes.: It is estimated that 10-15% of all breast cancer cases in the us occur due to hereditary factors. This risk may be identified by doing a simple blood test to check for brca mutations. We generally advise testing family members with known breast cancers first before checking unaffected family. ...Read more
NOW YOUR THE TEACHER: I want to know that answer - environmental factors-pesticides, high fat diet, radiation, food additives, prolonged estrogen exposure - early menses - late menopause or genetics brca 1/2 genetic code damage, where else in the genome/ secondary hits? Or is it combination of the above. ..Call me on my cell if you got the answer. ...Read more
The risk can: Breast cancer itself is not passed down, but the risk for developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in genes called brca1 and brca2 can be passed from a parent to a child. These inherited mutations increase the risk of developing breast cancer dramatically. A person with a brca mutation may have a 50% or higher chance of developing breast cancer, but it's not 100%. ...Read more
Not sure...: What you mean. Breast cancer that has spread to other sites or other organs might be described as being systemic. Would need more information to be sure that I understand your question correctly. ...Read more
Variable: Although never trivial, mammographically detected breast cancer, if small and estrogen receptor positive has a very good prognosis with relatively minor surgery and radiation. Conversely, inflammatory breast cancer with positive nodes has an extremely poor prognosis without very aggressive treatment. Most bc's are in the middle with a relatively favorable prognosis. ...Read more
Several: New or enlarging lumps, nipple discharge and skin changes are all things that should be investigated to rule out breast cancer. Each of these can be associated with other things but cancer should be ruled out. While many breast cancers do not cause pain, some do: any new, persistent pain in the breast should be evaluated. The best time to DX cancer is before signs develop. Mammograms save lives. ...Read more
Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more
Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more