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Is there any link between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Is there any link between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Not a direct link: Breast cancer can spread to the lungs. Very rarely, lung cancer can spread to the breasts. Some lung cancers are estrogen or Progesterone receptor positive. ...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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What are the differences between breast cancer and lung cancer?

What are the differences between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Breast & Lung Cancer: Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer arise from different parts of the body. Breast cancer almost always arises from the ducts of the breast. Lung cancer usually arises from the lining of the lung. The two cancer have different natural histories. Breast cancer may metastasize or spread to other part of the body, including the lungs ...Read more

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Can there be any correlation between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Can there be any correlation between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Not really: Both are malignancies can be in anyone both are high incidence smokers more prevalent with lung breast ca can metastasize to lung. Lung metastasizes but not commonly to breast. One of the oncologists may respond with some genome influences, but I am not aware . ...Read more

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Breast cancer spread to the lung? What should I do?

Breast cancer spread to the lung? What should I do?

You must: Pay attention to your oncologist , follow the advise , as so many good options are available in the treatment at your stage . If needed take a second opinion , good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer cells in lung cancer?

Is it possible to have breast cancer cells in lung cancer?

Yes: It means the origin of the tumor is from the breast. It is a primary breast cancer that has spread or metastasized to the lung. ...Read more

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My friend has breast cancer n it spread to her lungs. The dr gave her 8 months but it has been now 2 years. Now it has spread to her brain. How long?

My friend has breast cancer n it spread to her lungs. The dr gave her 8 months but it has been now 2 years. Now it has spread to her brain. How long?

Difficult: None of us can never predict life expectancy. We can guesstimate but obviously we can be wrong. Once cancer reaches the brain survival is diminished. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If one has breast cancer , can it go into lungs and spread there?

If one has breast cancer , can it go into lungs and spread there?

Yes: Breast cancer can spread to virtually any site in the body, including the lungs. Most common is spread to lymph nodes in the armpit which are commonly removed with the primary tumor. Next most common is spread to bones(25%), lung (20%), brain and liver (15% each). Cure becomes less likely with spread to other organs but is not impossible and patients can live for many years with spread. ...Read more

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Would lung or male breast cancer show up on an x-ray?

Would lung or male breast cancer show up on an x-ray?

Breast no lung yes: Breast cancer does not show up on routine x rays (only mammogram, ultrasound, and targettted mri). Most (but not all) lung cancers show up on chest x ray. ...Read more

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Had a pet scan for breast cancer, showed fluid on the lung ?

Had a pet scan for breast cancer, showed fluid on the lung ?

Yes it can show: Pet scan also will have superimposed very high resolution ct scan images will show, now need additional test to find out the nature of fluid. ...Read more

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Does a history of lung problems make it a bad idea for me to have radiation for breast cancer?

Does a history of lung problems make it a bad idea for me to have radiation for breast cancer?

It Depends: It depends on your lung problems. Radiation for breast cancer may cause some lung changes on x-ray, and sometimes a cough. Women with asthma or COPD can have radiation therapy. Women with lupus or scleroderma should not have radiation therapy. You should not have radiation therapy if you have had previous radiation to your chest. Ask your radiation oncologist about your specific lung problems. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

Biological process: The dna of any cell may mutate and continue to replicate with no end to it. The ability of cells to multiply and differentiate is expressed in the growth of a baby in 9months from a fertilized ovarian cell. From 1cell to a 9-10pound baby in 9months. That ability is in every cell of the body. If the off switch for cell division is lost, cells of any type may replicate indefinitely. ...Read more

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My friend has 4th stage breast cancer, her lungs are filling up with tumors, why wouldn't her docs give her an oxygen bottle to use whenever needed?

My friend has 4th stage breast cancer, her lungs are filling up with tumors, why wouldn't her docs give her an oxygen bottle to use whenever needed?

Unclear: Oxygen would only be helpful if her oxygen levels are low. This is easily checked at the md's office and it may be that even though your friend has multiple metastasis, she does not have low oxygen levels. ...Read more

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Pet scan in jan 2013 showed 4 cancerous nodules in lungs from breast cancer. New pet scan july 2013 - lung spots no longer metabolically active; does this mean they are no longer cancerous?

Pet scan in jan 2013 showed 4 cancerous nodules in lungs from breast cancer. New pet scan july 2013 - lung spots no longer metabolically active; does this mean they are no longer cancerous?

Favorable Response: Pet provides the benefit of early identification of ineffective chemotherapy, particularly metastatic breast cancer, as various alternative treatment options are available & allows patients to be spared the toxicities of ineffective treatments. Complete metabolic response is a great prognostic indicator with significantly increased overall survival compared to patients showing no response. ...Read more

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Chances of lung damage from breast cancer radiation?

Low, but depends: The overall risk of lung damage resulting in breathing problems is less than 1-2%, but depends on the size of the radiation field, whether nodes are being treated, the technique (2d, 3d, or imrt), use of chemo during radiation (unusual), and issues with the patient (history of interstitial lung disease , etc). Ask your doctor what techniques they will use to reduce the amount of lung treated. ...Read more

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Help please. Could breast cancer show up on a cat scan of the heart or lungs?

Maybe: If large enough, it may show up on a ct of the chest, but probably not a ct of the heart (out of the field of view). But mammography is more sensitive than ct at detecting breast cancer. You should have routine screening exams, and a diagnostic mammo asap if you feel a lump. ...Read more

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How dangerous can stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to lungs and adrenal gland be if it goes untreated without chemo?

How dangerous can stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to lungs and adrenal gland be if it goes untreated without chemo?

Hard to Predict: Among all patients with breast cancer who present with distant disease, one fourth will survive beyond 5 years. It would be good to know the patient's age and receptor status (er, pr, her2) to answer this question, because we are finding much better results now with certain treatments (like Herceptin (trastuzumab) for her2+ pts) than in the past. Ask your oncologist for info. ...Read more

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My best friend is fighting stage IV breast cancer an how the cancer spread through her brain and lungs and lymph node, what are her chances?

My best friend is fighting stage IV breast cancer an how the cancer spread through her brain and lungs and lymph node, what are her chances?

Not great: Once cancer reaches the brain, survival is diminished. But there are long term survivors that have brain metastasis. The best thing that you can do is provide hope and support for her. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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


Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more