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Aggressive Breast Cancer Survival Rate
It Varies: 5-year breast cancer survival rates are dependent upon the cancer stage, varying from almost 100% for dcis (stage 0) to less than 20% for metastatic disease (stage 4). Furthermore, cancer survival is dependent upon the response to chemotherapy. Of note, breast cancer survival has increased over the past decade in the us. ...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
Very high!: The five year survival rate for all breast cancer is over 90%. Her2+ cancers used to have the worst prognosis, but Herceptin (trastuzumab) changed that. Now they have a very good prognosis if they are caught at an early stage (stage 1 or 2). The stage really determines the prognosis, so without that information I can't give you a number. But I am happy for my patients with a her2+ cancer-- many treatments! ...Read more
Depends on Stage, etc: Breast cancers vary a lot from one person to the next. Features that help predict how aggressive any cancer is include it's size, the presence of spread to adj. Lymph nodes or distant organs, specific proteins that are found on some cancers (estrogen-, progesterone-, her2/neu receptors), the grade of the tumor, the type of breast cancer, etc. In general, when caught early, we have high cure rates. ...Read more
The hormone levels of a younger woman are high and can affect the breast cancer and treatments.
the behavior of cancers in younger people in general behave more aggressively because the blood supply, metabolism etc are more active in younger people.
it depends upon the biology of the tumor, the staging, the genetics. Early detection is a major factor in long term survival. ...Read more
Invasive refers to the tumor cells invading through the originating structure [usually the milk duct in breast cancer] and developing the ability to attract more blood supply and grow bigger. It also means it can spread to other parts of body.
From am ca society:
2001-2002 stage & 5-year survival rate: 0-93%; i-88%; iia- 81%; iib- 74%; iiia- 67%; iiib- 41%*; iiic; 49%*; iv- 15%;. ...Read more
What is occult breast cancer, what is survival rate of woman older than 60 who have occult breast cancer?
Need more details: There is formally no such condition called occult breast Cancer. Please give details of exactly where is your breast cancer located and how was it found in the first place?? . I am wondering if you are talking about DCIS or a lymph node metastases in the arm pit but no detectable primary tumor. Please elaborate further. ...Read more
The 5-year survival rate for women with metastasized breast cancer (stage 4) is 15%.
That means that 15% of patients who are diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer will live at least 5 years after their diagnosis.
**source: national cancer database. ...Read more
More than 50%: This is a hard question. Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer. It depends on whether it's stage3a, b or c, and the time of survival. At 5 years after diagnosis, 50-60% of women with stage 3 breast cancer are alive. Other factors are age, receptor status of the tumor, number of lymph nodes involved, and treatment. Remember that survival is improving all the time! ...Read more
High: Published 5-yr survival rates are 81% for iia and 84% for iib breast ca. Keep in mind this includes mortality from other causes and reflects patients treated almost a decade ago. For more info...http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-survival-by-stage. ...Read more
What is the survival rate for a 46 yr old pt with stage 2B invasive lobular breast cancer w/node involvement?
Approximately 80%: The exact answer to this question depends on a number of factors: actual tumor size, level of estrogen expression, number of nodes involved, medications given and individual response to medications. Lifestyle factors are also key. 80% 5-year survival comes from pooled data from a variety of patients. It's best to ask you medical oncologist to calculate your survival based upon your personal data ...Read more
What is the survival rate for a 46 yr old pt with stage 2B invasive lobular breast cancer w/node involvement?
Better than 85%: Invasive lobular carcinoma begins in the milk-producing glands (lobules) of the breast the cells having broken out of the lobule where they began and in Stage IIB have spread to regional lymph nodes. It typically doesn't form a lump, but often causes a fullness in one part of the breast. They tend to have more hormone-receptor–positive tumors, lower nuclear grade and survival better than 85% ...Read more
I keep hearing about the 5 year survival rate of breast cancer. Why 5 years? What is the survival rate after 5 years?
Depends on the cance:
5-year survivals are usually emphasized because it is hard to follow patients after five years, and because for most cancers, the recurrence rate after five years in negligible.
Unfortunately, the risk of breast cancer recurring from 5-10 years after treatment is only marginally lower than the risk of recurrence in the first five years after treatment.
Early breast cancer recurrence does drop. ...Read more
Could you tell me what is the survival rate of 46 yr old pt with stage 2B invasive lobular breast cancer w/node involvement?
74%: Iib with node involvment would be a t2n1 - tumor between 2-5cm with. ...Read more
Can you tell me if breast cancer is detected at grade 2 stage 2, will they recover and what is average survival rate of years?
most patients with stage 2 breast cancer will be cured, especially if they receive conventional treatment. Cure means that the cancer does not return.
Good luck. ...Read more
Depends....: ...on many factors, such as ER and Her2 status (+ vs. -), tumor grade, how many metastases (a few vs. A lot), the location of the metastases (bone vs. Liver/lung/brain), the general health of the patient, and the availability of therapy for her. I would say that as a rule, metastatic breast cancer patients do better than other common cancers but of course there are exceptions. Saludos. ...Read more
Highly variable: Everyone is different, responds to treatments differently, has different cell types & different underlying medical conditions. Depends if bone or lung or liver involvement. Some patients can live for years & others may not. The patient's treating oncologist would be able to answer much better. ...Read more
Variable: Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer can be controlled with chemotherapy in some. Some can live years depending on the individual's response to chemotherapy treatments. Others will not do as well, and each person is different. Discuss in more detail with the treating medical oncologist who can give better answers, knowing the patient and the specific details of the breast cancer. ...Read more
I have a friend that has stage three breast cancer in both breast and it has spread to the liver. What is her survival rate?
Depends: Stage 3 means armpit lymph node in involvement. Spread to other organs means stage 4. Treatment options vary. Best option is for her to have a review by a good oncologist for possible treatment options. ...Read more
Do small breasts have a better survival rate with breast cancer because of early detection (via self-exam)? Or are they handicapped by breast density?
Possibly yes: Unless you have a lump do not worry. Breast size does not affect whether you develop breast cancer or not. ...Read more
What's the survival rate of stage4 breast cancer? My mom is a stage 4 patient for several years now.
Doesn't Matter: This is great news - focus in the time you have with your mother. Today women are living longer with stage 4 breast cancer due to better treatments, targeted therapies and growing understanding that breast cancer is not one disease. Congratulations. ...Read more
Good: If tumor greater than 0.5 cm, then I would recommend adjuvant herceptin (trastuzumab). If she does not have a lot of medical problems, one would also consider adding chemotherapy as well. If er +, then would also recommend an aromatase inhibitor. With a her2 positive tumor, there is a target to block. That improves the outcome. Hope this helps. ...Read more
32 YO, triple positive, grade 3, stage 1B breast cancer. TCH chemotherphy, had dbl mastectomy. What is survival rate?
Are you sure your breast cancer was triple positive (or was it triple Negative)???
TCH is commonly used chemotherapy for triple negative, so please double check and let us know. Then we can give you survival figures. In general, small tumors (Stage 1 and stage 2) have very good survival rate and high cure rates. ...Read more
My mother has metastasis breast cancer along with ulcerated growth in the breasts. What is the survival rate?
Need more info.: I am sorry to hear about your mother's diagnosis. This is hard to answer without knowing the specific biology of your mom's cancer and which organs are involved. Nowadays, we consider stage IV breast ca like a chronic illness; one we cannot cure, but we can often manage and control. If your mother consents, it would be best to pose this question to her cancer doctors. ...Read more
Depends: Survival rates depend on multiple factors; age, response to treatment, stage of disease, your overall health. This is a conversation best had with your medical oncologist. ...Read more
Other factors such as stage can contribute to survival rates. Please discuss this with your doctor in context of all the other factors that can contribute to survival rates
here is a good review of breast cancer
http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/breast-cancer. ...Read more
What are the survival rates for the various types of breast cancer surgeries? Does the type of surgery affect whether the cancer will reappear?
Equal survival: The survival rates for breast conservation and mastectomy are the same. There is a slightly higher rate of local recurrence for breast conservation (with radiation it should be <1% per year out to 10 years) but this does not impact survival which is the most important consideration of any cancer treatment. ...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