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Survival rate for triple neg receptors for early stage breast cancer after chemo treatment? No lymph nodes involve, stage 1b, grade 2, mastec done

Survival rate for triple neg receptors for early stage breast cancer after chemo treatment?  No lymph nodes involve, stage 1b, grade 2, mastec done

Excellent: According to adjuvant online (www.Adjuvantonline.Com), you have about an 82% 10 yr survival rate based on your specific information provided. This is only an estimate since there are details I do not have such as type of chemotherapy being used. For triple negative breast cancer, these survival rates are quite excellent. ...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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Would male breast cancer reoccur in thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Would male breast cancer reoccur in thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Very unlikely: Very few cancers metastasize to the thyroid. I'll bet you it's a new tumor. The pathologist can tell for sure. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Yes: No matter what treatment, cancer of the breast does not have 100 % results. So with lumpectomy and radiation cancer can still recurr. This is why patients need to follow with all their doctors for exams and x-rays. If there is a recurrence other options exist such as mastectomy. ...Read more

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32 YO, triple positive, grade 3, stage 1B breast cancer. TCH chemotherphy, had dbl mastectomy. What is survival rate?

32 YO, triple positive, grade 3, stage 1B breast cancer. TCH chemotherphy, had dbl mastectomy.  What is survival rate?

Need Clarification!: 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

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32 yo, breast cancer stage 1b, double mastectomy, micrometastasis in one lymph node. TCH treatment, followed by radiation. Prognosis thoughts????

32 yo, breast cancer stage 1b, double mastectomy, micrometastasis in one lymph node.  TCH treatment, followed by radiation. Prognosis thoughts????

Prognosis is good!: I would need more information to be definitive but with a small primary tumor (stage 1) and only micrometastasis in one node, your prognosis should be relatively good. Since you received TCH, it is obvious that you had her2 positive breast cancer so your prognosis is less favorable than had her2 not been positive. However, 5 year survival in excess of 85% is shown in recent studies with TCH. ...Read more

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DCIS, left breast, biopsy itself removed high grade cancer cells, lumpectomy path 100% cancer free. Radiation necessary? What about proton therapy?

DCIS, left breast, biopsy itself removed high grade cancer cells, lumpectomy path 100% cancer free. Radiation necessary? What about proton therapy?

It depends: It may depend on your age. Radiotherapy to your involved breast may be required as it is the standard of care. Ask your doctor and let us know what advice you receive. Tamoxifen is another medication recommended after completion of Radiotherapy. ...Read more

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68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?

68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?

Cancer treatment: Only you and your Drs can make the best decision as to what is the best treatment for you. Discuss with your team and ask for second opinion as well. ...Read more

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Prognosis? Kras mutated adendouscarcinoma stage 4 nsclc , mets to brains and pelvic.. Chemo stopped last month. Tissue sample and c trial suggested

Prognosis? Kras mutated adendouscarcinoma stage 4 nsclc , mets to brains and pelvic.. Chemo stopped last month. Tissue sample and c trial suggested

Unique for each: 5 year suvival for stage IV nsclc depends on particular study series. Overall is about 0-1% 5 yr survival. Occationally some patients respond and go on remission. Remission means that the cancer is not gone necessarily, but at least can not be seen to grow on cat scans. Cat scans and pets can not see cells or tumors that do not form a mass.Individial prognosis unique. ...Read more

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My breast cancer came back after 13 years - has radiation and chemotherapy improved since then?

My breast cancer came back after 13 years - has radiation and chemotherapy improved since then?

Yes: New chemotherapy agents have been introduced. There are also newer types of rmachines and techniques. However in regards to radiation if you had the same exact problem now versus 13 years ago the treatment might be exactly the same. ...Read more

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AFTER taxol/A/C for breast cancer stage2,path result-Lympho vascular invasion-shouldn't chemo resolved this? What now?

AFTER taxol/A/C for breast cancer stage2,path result-Lympho vascular invasion-shouldn't chemo resolved this? What now?

Ask your oncologist!: You need to givel us more information...Did the tumor shrink on chemotherapy? How much. shrinkage? If the tumor did not shrink much, that is a bad sign. But if it reduced in size substantially then you are on the right track. But your oncologist can address your questions and guide you better. ...Read more

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Twin sister has breast cancer. Says she has ductal AND lobular cancer. Surgery,chemo,radiation And hormone therapy after. Prognosis for this type?

Twin sister has breast cancer. Says she has ductal AND lobular cancer. Surgery,chemo,radiation And hormone therapy after. Prognosis for this type?

Prognosis is Stage-b: The prognosis of breast Cancer is dependent on stage of her Cancer at the time of diagnosis. Most breast cancers are stage-1 or 2 and patients do very well, living near normal lives. Check in case she had stage-3 cancer....which does carry risk for recurrence in the future. I think she will do well over the next 5-10 years but needs to remain under surveillance as there is always some unpredictabi ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer has gone to hip bone; prognosis?

Metastatic breast cancer has gone to hip bone; prognosis?

This depends: The answer depends on many factors. How old is the persone, what other medical problems do they have, when did the breast cancer first occur, what other sites are involved, what are the characteristics of the cancer (estrogen, Progesterone receptors, her2/neu status) and what prior treatments were administered are some of the issues that factor into an answer. ...Read more

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Mom was at stage 4 breast cancer, done w chemo and double mastectomy, healing for radiation. Natural supplements that will fight or stop/slow spread?

Mom was at stage 4 breast cancer, done w chemo and double mastectomy, healing for radiation. Natural supplements that will fight or stop/slow spread?

Unknown: Good question, but answer is not clear as far as i know. Consider a multivitamin and/or calcium + vitamin d supplement with a healthy diet. Would avoid any types of hormonal supplements and strongly recommend she discontinue smoking. During radiotherapy, avoid high dose/potency antioxidants. ...Read more

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Metastatis breast cancer stage IV. What are the chances of survival. already gone six sittings of chemo..

Metastatis breast cancer stage IV. What are the chances of survival. already gone six sittings of chemo..

Breast ca stage IV: need more information. where the metastases are. only bone metastases do better than soft tissue metastases. what is the ER an PR , what is the Her2 status..there are many treatments available now. keep fighting, and you will win. ...Read more

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What are statistical odds for cancer returning in a 63 yr old woman 20 yrs after treatment for stage 1 breast cancer (lumpectomy, chemo, & radiation)?

What are statistical odds for cancer returning in a 63 yr old woman 20 yrs after treatment for stage 1 breast cancer (lumpectomy, chemo, & radiation)?

Low, but not zero.: First of all, congratulations on being a 20-yr survivor! it is impossible to give you a number or even a range without knowing more specifics about your cancer, however, the fact that it hasn't returned in 20 years certainly puts you in favorable statistical category. I suggest that you meet with your medical oncologist to discuss this, as well as any measures you can take to prevent a recurrence. ...Read more

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Can male breast cancer reoccur in the thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Can male breast cancer reoccur in the thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Less likely: The thyroid would be an unusual spot for breast cancer to spread. More common sites would be bone, liver, lung and brain. But with cancer, anything is possible. If there is a nodule on the thyroid the best thing to do would be an ultrasound guided biopsy if it looks concerning. ...Read more

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My breast cancer came back after 13 years - has radiation and chemotherapy improved since then?

Yes: New chemotherapy agents have been introduced. There are also newer types of rmachines and techniques. However in regards to radiation if you had the same exact problem now versus 13 years ago the treatment might be exactly the same. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy work for breast cancer?

Does chemotherapy work for breast cancer?

It depends: Chemo treats the whole body to kill cancer cells that may have escaped from the breast tumor. Sometimes chemo is used to shrink the breast tumor before surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy). Breast cancers that respond best to chemotherapy are those with a high ki-67 (proliferation rate), er negative, and/or her2 positive. ...Read more

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How effective is chemotherapy for treating breast cancer?

How effective is chemotherapy for treating breast cancer?

Very effective: Chemo initially started with combinations like CMF and then changed to combinations of antibody plus chemo such as taxol plus Herceptin (trastuzumab). These drugs alone and in combination best used as a neoadjuvant prior to surgical resection or when at high risk in the adjuvant setting to prevent recurrence. Once metastasis happens, there can be chemo control but cure is rare. ...Read more

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What sorts of chemotherapy are most common for breast cancer?

What sorts of chemotherapy are most common for breast cancer?

Many diff regimens: There are many different regimens utilizing multiple drugs and ranging 3-6 months. Common drugs are anthracyclines, taxanes, and Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) in various combinations - acx4, tcx4(or 6), tac x 6, acx4 ->tx4, dose dense ac->t, weekly taxol. Other options/drugs can also be considered in the metastatic setting. A patient should seek a medical oncologist experience in breast to rec the best regimen. ...Read more

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Should someone go through chemotherapy if she has breast cancer?

Should someone go through chemotherapy if she has breast cancer?

Maybe: As with most other cancers, it depends on many factors but it would be safe to say that in certain situations, chemo is an integral part of the treatment for breast cancer. You need to talk to an oncogist about it. The goals of therapy should justify the potential toxicity. Best regards. ...Read more

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How effective is the TAC chemotherapy regimen for treating breast cancer?

How effective is the TAC chemotherapy regimen for treating breast cancer?

Very!: TAC stands for Taxotere, Adriamycin, (doxorubicin) and Cyclophosphamide. It is one of the strongest regimens for treating breast cancer, and some would say too strong. Depending on the type of breast cancer you have, or the stage, you might be able to receive a gentler regimen. If you want to know more, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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How long is the chemotherapy for a stage 2a node negative breast cancer?

How long is  the chemotherapy for a stage 2a node negative breast cancer?

It depends: There are several chemotherapy options for stage 2a breast cancer. Characteristics of the patient and the cancer are required to make a decision on the type of chemotherapy (and whether chemotherapy is even necessary). Chemotherapy would be anywhere from about 8 weeks to a year (herceptin-or trastuzumab treatment, if recommended, requires a year of treatment). ...Read more

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How can I support my friend who has undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer?

How can I support my friend who has undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Do support her: She may need your emotional support and other help. Go meet her and ask if you can help her with any probelms or issues of concern to her. She would appreciate your concern for her welfare and your offer to help her.Just the company of a good friend can be a big morale booster. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are other options besides chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Please tell me what are other options besides chemotherapy for breast cancer?

It depends: It depends on the type of breast cancer. If positive for estrogen and/or Progesterone receptors ("er" and "pr") there are other options, though in some cases it may not be as good as taking these meds in conjunction with chemo. If stage 4 breast cancer, there are many clinical trials. Again, it depends on the cancer stage, and the markers er/pr, and her2 from the cancer specimen. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you opt out for chemotherapy for breast cancer what is the process you go through?

I'm just wondering, if you opt out for chemotherapy for breast cancer what is the process you go through?

Not sure if 'opt: Out' means 'refuse' or 'decide to stop'. Either is a serious decision that requires discussion with 1 or more medical oncologists. The 'oncotype' process defines benefit and risk of chemo in some. However, depending on many factors (size, nodal status, receptors), the consequences vary. Perfect for second or third opinion. ...Read more

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Hormonal effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Please clarify.: It is unclear from your question what you are asking. Most breast cancers are estrogen-sensitive and can be treated with anti-estrogen medication (tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors). Many women who are peri menopausal when receiving traditional chemotherapy develop ovarian suppression from the chemo and effectively "go into" menopause. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Breast cancer chemotherapy in hepatitis b patients?

Breast cancer chemotherapy in hepatitis b patients?

Challenging : Appropriate involvement of hepatologist and treatment (or prophylaxis) of hep b is imperative. ...Read more

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How to boost white blood counts during chemotherapy for breast cancer?

How to boost white blood counts during chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Growth factors: If your blood counts are severely low then use of growth factor injections(neulasta (pegfilgrastim) or neupogen) can help boost the recovery of your blood counts after chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What are other options other than chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

What are other options other than chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

Depends: This depends on the type of breast cancer you have. Treatment is now individualized to the type of cancer, lymph node involvement and hormone status of the cancer cells. A special test called a oncotype DX can help determine if chemotherapy is beneficial or not but the cells have to have hormone receptors. I recommend speaking with your oncologist. Don't be afraid to get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Could you give me some advice about a portacath for breast cancer chemotherapy?

Minor pricedure: Minor surgical procedure for insertion. Small chamber under the akin attached to a catheter that goes into a main vein. Oncologist or their nurse inserts a needle through the skin into the port to deliver the medications. No specific patient care needs. The port can be removed when no longer needed. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are other options other then chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

Could you tell me what are other options other then chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

"Options": The standard and recommended treatment in premenopausal patients would usually included chemotherapy and an anti-hormone regimen. Chemo is only used in about 15% of postmenopausal women, those who have hormone negative tumors. Radiation is used in breast sparing procedures, and is used to supplement mastectomy patients. If you are unsure, get a second oncological opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there cardiac failure risk involved in breast cancer chemotherapy?

Yes: Chemotherapy may affect heart function, for that reason a nuclear study of the heart is done before starting some type of chemotherapy for breast cancer. ...Read more

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Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Breast Cancer: As you see on TV cancer Dx and Rx is very individualized. Some need radiation and some may not. So discuss this with your Dr. ...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