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Any counseling program for children of breast cancer survivors?

Any counseling program for children of breast cancer survivors?

See Below: Any therapist should be able to help your child. Ask your child's provider for recommendations. ...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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Best nci national cancer institute breast cancer risk assessment tool?

Best nci national cancer institute breast cancer risk assessment tool?

Gail Risk Assessment: Gail breast cancer risk assessment tool. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/bcrisktool/. ...Read more

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Do cancer centers provide rehabilitation services for cancer survivors?

Do cancer centers provide rehabilitation services for cancer survivors?

Some do and: Some do not. Some of the larger ones like md anderson, mayo and moffitt do offer these services. Cancer rehabilitation has been proven to enhance quality of life and should be offered. If a cancer center does offer cancer rehab, ask your oncologist to send you to a general physiatrist for recommendations and a possible rehabilitation plan. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Ethical questions arising from hereditary breast cancer and using donor eggs or surrogate?

Ethical questions arising from hereditary breast cancer and using donor eggs or surrogate?

This is why they: Have genetic counseling going along with genetic testing. I do not know if these genes are dominant or recessive. How do you know what risks known and unknown surrogates eggs carry? Do you wish you were not born? Do yo blame your parents? Do you feel that your biological children would resent having risk and blame you for giving it to them? Much pain is caused by guilt and blame. Get counseling. ...Read more

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Are there any funds that support breast cancer?

Are there any funds that support breast cancer?

Susan Komen: The susan g. Komen fund is the most well-known, but there are others http://ww5.Komen.Org/. ...Read more

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Would medicaid pay for a breast reduction!?

Would medicaid pay for a breast reduction!?

Possibly...: Yes, breast reduction surgery is potentially “covered” through Medicaid. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to find a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who still works with this organization, given the very low reimbursement and the bureaucratic challenges… Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a women get breast cancer from bdsm breast bondage?

Can a women get breast cancer from bdsm breast bondage?

Hard to say: Trauma, repeatedly, is not good for tissue but I have never seen any linkage, likely not causative, the risk is 1 in 9 women, likely coincidental. ...Read more

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Where can women with breast cancer find support?

Internet or Office: There are many places to seek! several internet support groups are out there. You should also check with your oncologist, surgeon or radiation oncologists. Several doctor's office offer support groups for their patients. ...Read more

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Should cancer survivors consider getting life insurance?

Should cancer survivors consider getting life insurance?

Personal choice: Insurance companies have rules about issuing policies to patients with history of cancer. It usually involves higher premiums and depending on how recently the person was treated for cancer, insurance may be denied. ...Read more

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What are financial implications of using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment?

What are financial implications of using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment?

?: I have never had an issue of trastuzumab (herceptin) coverage in appropriate patients. Individual co-pays are based on each patients insurance. There may be a benefit of trastuzumab in 0/low expression breast cancer that is the subject of a cooperative group clinical trial -- nsabp b-47 - clinicaltrials.Gov id: nct01275677. ...Read more

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What happened at komen foundation for breast cancer screening?

What happened at komen foundation for breast cancer screening?

Still there: The komen foundation still provides money to organizations to provide screening mammograms. I recommend checking iwth your local health department to programs. Komen relies on donations to keep providing this worthwhile services. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to mammogram for breast cancer screening?

None as good: Mammograms are the best test for detecting breast cancer. It is not clear that breast exams by a health care provider add benefit (tho they may), and breast self exams have not been shown to be beneficial. Certainly, if you notice a bump, a change in skin, a nipple discharge or any abnormality that you are concerned about, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Are there breast cancer scholarships for children of survivors?

Are there breast cancer scholarships for children of survivors?

Possibly: There are scholarships for children whose parents are dealing with, or who have died from, various cancers. Here's a site that lists some of them: http://inheritanceofhope.Org/scholarships/17-available-scholarships.Html there may well be more than this. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Does insurance pay for breast reduction?

Does insurance pay for breast reduction?

Yes , depends: for beauty NO for back pains YES . In some woman large breasts cause severe back pains and disability , if medically documented ail approve such surgery by most of insurance companies approve . If it is for cosmetic purposes no . Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Unknown: Breast enhancement pills are not regulated and therefore may have various unknown substances in them. Some of those substances, especially if they include estrogen, may increase risk of cancers. ...Read more

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How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor?

How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor?

Survived: If you have survived the treatment and you are cancer free then you are a survivor. Congratulations! www.Drlugo.Com. ...Read more

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Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient physical therapy if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient  physical therapy  if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Hmmm . . . : Could there maybe be a disagreement between this physician and your family about what's in the patient's best interests? This is a deep discussion that involves much thought and consideration, and which deserves scheduled time with your relative's doctor to go over treatment plans, prognosis, etc. Maybe such a discussion can resolve these issues? Doctors want to help, not hurt or harm. ...Read more

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Could breast implants give you breast cancer?

Could breast implants give you breast cancer?

Short answer: no: With the exception of a very rare situation, (called ALCL) breast implants do not seem to increase the risk of breast cancers. There are multiple studies which actually show women with implants having a lower-than-expected risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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What are financial implications of using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment?

?: I have never had an issue of trastuzumab (herceptin) coverage in appropriate patients. Individual co-pays are based on each patients insurance. There may be a benefit of trastuzumab in 0/low expression breast cancer that is the subject of a cooperative group clinical trial -- nsabp b-47 - clinicaltrials.Gov id: nct01275677. ...Read more

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Im a her2 breast cancer patient stage 3 . Due to financial constraint I finished 12 sessions of herceptin instead of 17 , is there any medicine I could take as a replacement of the herceptin ? I'm from the philippines and herceptin is very expensive.

Im a  her2 breast cancer patient stage 3 . Due to financial constraint I  finished 12 sessions of herceptin instead of 17 , is there any medicine I could take as a replacement of the herceptin ? I'm from the philippines and herceptin is very expensive.

Unlikely: There is not a less expensive substitute. The manufacturer might have some support programs, but I am not sure if it is available in your case. You still have gotten benefit from your treatment. Check with your oncologist to see if a support through genentech is available. ...Read more

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Can males get breast cancer?

Can males get breast cancer?

Yes: Most of the breast cancers occur in women; however, they do occur in men as well. ...Read more

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Can men develop breast cancer?

Can men develop breast cancer?

Yes: Breast cancer is much more rare in men than women, with a lifetime risk of app. 1:100, 000. Risk factors in men include a strong family history, gynecomastia, or high estrogen levels as sometimes seen in men with liver disease. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer cause fainting?

It can, indirectly.: If you just received the news of having breast cancer, the anxiety and stress associated with that can make your heart skip a beat and make you faint. Also, pain medication and chemotherapy regimens that patients with breast cancer sometimes receive can make one weak and dizzy. ...Read more

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Can you a teen get breast cancer?

Can you a teen  get breast cancer?

One In A Million: The incidence of breast cancer in teenagers is actually less than 1in a million. Benign breast lumps such as fibroadenomas are not uncommon, however. Regardless of age, any new lump warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How fast can breast cancer spread?

How fast can breast cancer spread?

Variable: First and foremost, not all breast cancers spread: many are confined to the breast without any ability to travel to other organs. For those that 'spread', the growth rates vary between months to decades before they become detectable. Furthermore, chemotherapy may eradicate these cells that have spread, and they may never become evident. ...Read more

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How can a woman get breast cancer?

How can a woman get breast cancer?

I wish we knew!: We really don't know what causes breast cancer. We do know that women with a long exposure to estrogen are at a higher risk. If you started your period early, or never got pregnant, you have more estrogen exposure. But these are things you can't really change. However, alcohol intake is associated with breast cancer, so decrease how much you drink. And lower your body fat. And avoid bpa plastics. ...Read more

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How common is breast cancer in men?

How common is breast cancer in men?

1% of all breast ca: Male breast cancer is rare and accounts for 1% of all breast cancers. Men can present with a breast lump just as women. The treatments are similar to that for women. ...Read more

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Im 24 years can I get breast cancer?

Im 24 years can I get breast cancer?

Yes you can.: Though uncommon, young women (and men) can develop breast cancer. It is more common with certain family histories of breast cancer, and there are genetic-related breast cancers. See your md for a breast exam, and ask how to do them yourself. Do once a month a week after your period. If you have a lump now, have it checked out. Many benign lumps exist, but you don't want to miss an early cancer! ...Read more

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Can a14 year old her breast cancer?

Can a14 year old her breast cancer?

Yes but it's rare: Breast cancer can affect women at any age although is's rare for a 14 yeay old. About 7% of women with breast cancer are under 40 years old. The youngest person documented was about 3 years old. There are certain conditions that places a woman at high risk eg personal hisrory, strong family history (mother, sister etc), brca1/brca2 mutation etc. If you have a breast mass you should see your doctor ...Read more

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Could a guy still get breast cancer?

Could a guy still get breast cancer?

Yes: Maybe 2000 men get breast cancer each year, almost always as a lump on the nipple. We're catching it earlier nowadays but still around 400 men die of it yearly. ...Read more

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How are men tested for breast cancer?

How are men tested for breast cancer?

Same as women.: When a new breast lump is found in either a man or woman, a biopsy is necessary to determine if a cancer is present. Men at high risk for breast cancer can also have mammograms to screen for cancer. ...Read more

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Does breast cancer decrease appetite?

Does breast cancer decrease appetite?

No: Not unless it is a chemotherapy side effect or someone is in the most advanced stages. Most patients with breast cancer have no symptoms - they have a mass in the breast that is felt or seen on imaging (mammography, etc.). ...Read more

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Can younger people get breast cancer?

Can younger people get breast cancer?

Yes: But it depends on multiple variables like family history, genetics (brca gene), environment (cigarettes, alcohol), diet, etc. Please see this link for a more thorough explanation, and then you should discuss this with your doctor. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more

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Who is most at risk for breast cancer?

See full answer: Brca gene mutation, family history, esp. A first-degree relative (mother, father or sister), early age at first period, late menopause, no children or children after age 30, obesity, high-fat diet. However it is very important to realize that there is no guaranteed method of prevention, and 75% of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients have no family history of breast cancer - everyone is at risk. ...Read more

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If breast cancer came back what to do?

If breast cancer came back what to do?

Depends....: ...on many factors but first, you must not despair. Therapy for breast cancer is quite effective in many circumstances. I suggest you get yourself a good oncologist who works in a multidisciplinary setting and preferably has access to clinical trials. Not sure how that works in Argentina but your family doc should be able to help. Saludos y mucha suerte. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Financial Assistance (Definition)

Financial assistance helps individuals who do not have insurance or need help with uncovered costs to pay for their health care. Certain government programs and nonprofit ...Read more