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Are there people who should not take femara (letrozole) for breast cancer?

Are there people who should not take femara (letrozole) for breast cancer?

Premenopausal women: This is an aromatase inhibitor. This class of drugs is not effective for premenopausal women. It is used in the adjuvant setting and occasionally for metastasis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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I have uterine fibroids & therefore hesitant to take tamoxifen. Are there other alternatives to tamoxifen for breast cancer patients?

I have uterine fibroids & therefore hesitant to take tamoxifen.  Are there other alternatives to tamoxifen for breast cancer patients?

Yes your doctor can: Your doctor(oncologist) can help address this problem. Tamoxifen is safe to use despite having Fibroids. But there is another medicine which can be used instead of tamoxifen especially in women over the age of 50 years. These drugs called AIs(Letrozole and Anastrozole) are more commonly used instead of tamoxifen at the present time./ ...Read more

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What are the hormones someone should take if they have breast cancer?

What are the hormones someone should take if they have breast cancer?

Hormones/Breast CA: If i understand the question correctly you are asking about safe hormones for postmenopausal women with breast cancer? None, if the cancer is er/pr positive. We prescribe estrogen blocking drugs to decrease the risk of recurrence. We discourage hormone use in all breast cancer patients. ...Read more

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It seems women are always being told they must/should undergo cancer screenings but are not given any risk/downside info as men are for prostate screening. Why? Shouldn't women be fully informed too?

It seems women are always being told they must/should undergo cancer screenings but are not given any risk/downside info as men are for prostate screening. Why? Shouldn't women be fully informed too?

Screening is vital.: Screening for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancer can decrease cancer mortality. Although screening for these cancers is recommended by the uspstf, screening rates in the United States do not meet targets. ...Read more

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Can young people get colorectal cancer? If there is no family history and if the person is under 30, should they be concerned about getting colorectal cancer?

Can young people get colorectal cancer? If there is no family history and if the person is under 30, should they be concerned about getting colorectal cancer?

In short, yes but: It is much less often than in folks over the age of 45. Young folks with colitis or a family history of colon polyps or cancer are at increased risk. If you are having symptoms related to your colon that are persistent, see a GI doctor or colorectal surgeon and let them decide if diagnostic testing is necessary. ...Read more

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Are there medical procedures given to those who are overweight but not obese? Can i doctor refuse to do a surgery for a patient?

Overweight treatment: No, there are no procedures that are approved for people that are overweight but not obese. Yes, a doctor can refuse to perform surgery on anyone if they are not comfortable performing it for any reason. ...Read more

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If breast cancer isn't rare in women under 40, why are there no screening methods offered? Shouldn't regular ultrasound or MRI be encouraged?

If breast cancer isn't rare in women under 40, why are there no screening methods offered? Shouldn't regular ultrasound or MRI be encouraged?

Breast screening: Women at higher risk can begin screening before age 40. This could entail mammography, sonography, or MRI, depending on the circumstances. Although younger women, and men, can get breast cancer, the likelihood is not high enough to warrant a general screening program. The costs($$, unnecessary biopsies, etc...) would not be outweighed by the benefits. ...Read more

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Would someone who has finished treatments for breast cancer be okay if they stopped taking arimidex (anastrozole) anestrozol?

Would someone who has finished treatments for breast cancer be okay if they stopped taking arimidex (anastrozole) anestrozol?

Still treatment: Please recognize that Arimidex (anastrozole) is a part of your treatment regimen.It is as important as your other treatments in that it can decrease the chance of the cancer returning. Speak with you oncologist if you are having unbearable side effects, they can switch you to another medication. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are there any health benefits for adults to drink breast milk?

Can you tell me, are there any health benefits for adults to drink breast milk?

Am not aware of: Any immune effect bestowed to an adult by drinking human breast milk. No of no specific benefits. ...Read more

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I've read about women with breast cancer in one breast choosing to have both removed.  why would you do that?

I've read about women with breast cancer in one breast choosing to have both removed.  why would you do that?

Several reasons: 1. To avoid getting a second cancer in the healthy breast down the road 2. Because she has a brca1/2 mutation which puts her at higher risk for a second breast cancer 3. To have breast reconstruction done on both breasts at the same time 4. To avoid the anxiety and nuisance of mammograms and biopsies in the future. ...Read more

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Why do they treat some woman with breast cancer with herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Why do they treat some woman with breast cancer with herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Herceptin (trastuzumab) breast ca: About 1/4 cases of breast cancer express a protein on the surface of the cancer cells called her2neu which is a member of the epidermal growth factor family of receptors important for growth signaling into the cell nucleus. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is an antibody developed to target her2neu and antagonize this growth signaling and kill the cancer cell. Chemo is synergistic with Herceptin (trastuzumab) when given together. ...Read more

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What are some good multivitamins for young women to take who have a week immune system?

What are some good multivitamins for young women to take who have a week immune system?

Multivitamins: Vitamins do not strengthen the immune system per se, but if you do not always eat a well balanced diet, a multivitamin may help your general health and well being. If you are sick a lot see your doctor to find out why. ...Read more

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What else is recommended for people are pregnant that are biplor should take?

What else is recommended for people are pregnant that are biplor should take?

I would never try to: Deal with this issue via online doctors. This needs to be carefully discussed with the obstetrician, psychiatrist and patient. The severity of symptoms and safety of each medication needs to be carefully examined. A risk versus necessity/ benefit decision is made. Not always a simple process. ...Read more

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Is there any cough medicine for women who are still breastfeeding?

Is there any cough medicine for women who are still breastfeeding?

A few ideas for you: You can take a product with dextromethorphan if you need to, but don't ignore simple remedies like a couple teaspoon of honey, throat lozenges. If your cough is quite bad, you have fever or chest pain, or if you have any difficulty breathing, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is transfer factor safe to take even if you are on chemotherapy for hodgkin lymphoma?

Is transfer factor safe to take even if you are on chemotherapy for hodgkin lymphoma?

Transfer factor?: Not sure what you mean by transfer factor? Perhaps you mean growth factors such as Filgrastim (filgrastin) or pegfilgrastim? If that is the case then yes. Make sure to ask your oncologist about anything you are taking on your own since many things can interfere with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Do most families have someone in them who has/had cancer? Are there actually many families without any cancer?

Do most families have someone in them who has/had cancer? Are there actually many families without any cancer?

Cancer is common: This is true from the most highly-developed, medically-sophisticated families to the world's poorest poor, with young mothers dying without help from cancer of the cervix. Cancer is a family of diseases that result from accumulated genetic mutations, and is a fact of life for multicellular organisms such as ourselves. Thankfully, we now cure a majority of cancers. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

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