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Dr. John Yim Dr. Yim
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Is stage 2 breast cancer bad?

Dr. John Yim Dr. Yim
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Is stage 2 breast cancer bad?

It is curable.: All breast cancer is bad, but the prognosis changes with stages. So the lowest stage has the best prognosis and the highest stage, stage 4, has the worst prognosis. Technically there is a stage 0 which is something called dcis, which hasn't invaded out of the ducts. Stage 1 is better than stage 2 but stage 2 is definitely curable. You can never know you are cured for sure so follow up is necessary. ...Read more

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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Dear sir, is bilateral fibrocystic breast disease - (category 2 )- a cancer?

Dear sir, is bilateral fibrocystic breast disease - (category 2 )- a cancer?

No: Fibrocystic disease is definitely a benign breast condition that effects many women. You should of course continue with you own self breast exams during the same monthly stage of your cycle and follow your doctors advice on breast imaging. ...Read more

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Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Yes, breast density: is a risk factor for breast cancer. The relative risk for extremely dense breasts is about 4x the relative risk of patients with almost entirely fatty breasts, and about 1.6x the RR for "average" density breasts. Find out all you need to know at http://www.breastdensity.info/ ...Read more

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Is mastectomy really necessary for a stage 2 breast cancer patient?

Is mastectomy really necessary for a stage 2 breast cancer patient?

Depends: The choice between mastectomy (either one or both breasts) and lumpectomy depends on many factors including genetic issues, size of the cancer and of the breast, location, and many others. It is a choice to be made by both the surgeon and the patient after a thorough discussion. ...Read more

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How is stage IV breast cancer different from stage III breast cancer?

How is stage IV breast cancer different from stage III breast cancer?

Location: In stage iii, the cancer still hasn't spread far beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes. However, in this stage there typically are many lymph nodes involved or the tumor is so large it extends to the chest wall or involves the skin of the breast. stage IV breast cancer has spread to distant sites of the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Left breast cancer in 2004 stage 2 hormone+ . Feb 2013 mammo triang shaped nodule in right breast typical of benign lesion as lymph node. Take it out?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Left breast cancer in 2004 stage 2 hormone+ . Feb 2013 mammo triang shaped nodule in right breast typical of benign lesion as lymph node. Take it out?

Get sono: Male breast cancer is not common. If your mammogram shows something there- i would pursue further with sonogram of the breast to evaluate more on the nodule. If it is suspicious- i would do a biopsy and will go from there. ...Read more

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Breast, core biopsies. _ intraductuctal papilloma with associated calcificstion is it cancer ??

Breast, core biopsies. _ intraductuctal  papilloma with associated calcificstion  is it cancer ??

Breast Biopsy: The results of your biopsy should be explained by your physician or the person preforming the biopsy. We are not supposed to make diagnosis on HealthTap and do not have access to the full report or clinical correlation. ...Read more

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Is stage 2 pancreatic cancer in one person any more serious than stage 2 breast cancer in another person?

Is stage 2 pancreatic cancer in one person any more serious than stage 2 breast cancer in another person?

Completely different: Hello, Pancreatic cancer and breast cancer are 2 completely different disease. Stage for stage, breast cancer usually has a better prognosis than pancreatic cancer. There are a few rare exceptions: such as certain subtypes of pancreatic cancer so please discuss this with your oncologist. If you have a more specific question that you'd like addressed, please post it. Thank you. ...Read more

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39 yo extremely dense fibrocystic breasts w/well-circumscribed macrolobulated hypoechoic mass 11:00 left breast 3cm above nipple BIRAD 4? Cancer?

39 yo extremely dense fibrocystic breasts w/well-circumscribed macrolobulated hypoechoic mass 11:00 left breast 3cm above nipple BIRAD 4? Cancer?

No easy answer: It is imperative that you talk with the physician who took care of you. There are many possibilities and I would have to know more about these findings to give you my best opinion. ...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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Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

It can be: Dcis, the earliest form of breast cancer, can be associated with brca mutations. 13% of women under 50 diagnosed with dcis had a brca mutation in retrospective (looking backwards) studies. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or dcis before age 50 should have genetic counseling. For more info: http://clincancerres.Aacrjournals.Org/content/13/14/4306.Full. ...Read more

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My mom had lobular breast cancer at 52. Brca negative. Is lobular breast cancer more genetic based than ductal?

My mom had lobular breast cancer at 52. Brca negative. Is lobular breast cancer more genetic based than ductal?

No its medullary: a quote from Lancethttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9167459: "The occurrence of invasive lobular carcinoma and invasive ductal carcinoma was not significantly different between carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and controls. Medullary or atypical medullary carcinoma was, however, found more often in BRCA1 (13%, p ...Read more

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Breast cancer stage 1b with 1/3 lymph node micrometastasis at 1.9. Left breast, pt 32y. Radiation therapy controversial. Need opinions?

Breast cancer stage 1b with 1/3 lymph node micrometastasis at 1.9.  Left breast, pt 32y.  Radiation therapy controversial.  Need opinions?

Surgery?: would need radiation if surgical treatment was lumpectomy. Patient is young and need further evaluation with detailed family history. Estrogen and HER2neu receptor status, ki 67 would help to make better treatment decision. ...Read more

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Could premerin homone replacement cause Paget breast cancer?

Could premerin homone replacement cause Paget breast cancer?

Unlikely: We think that combined hormone replacement including estrogen and Progesterone cause an increase in breast cancer of which paget's disease if the breast is a type. Premarin (conjugated estrogens) only contains estrogen. ...Read more

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What are the odds of having stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma her2 positive breast cancer and papillary thyroid cancer at age 40?

What are the odds of having stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma her2 positive breast cancer and papillary thyroid cancer at age 40?

Odds are low.: But it is still possible to have both. Risk of having papillary thyroid before forty is about 13/100,000. Risk of having breast Ca is about 11/100,000. The overlap of the two independent events is slightly less than 1 in a million. ...Read more

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Mammogram doubts neoplastic process, scan shows well lobulated solid mass,wider than taller,family history of 2 sis of breast cancer..d/d plz ?

Mammogram doubts neoplastic process, scan shows well lobulated solid mass,wider than taller,family history of 2 sis of breast cancer..d/d plz
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It sounds: like you had a breast ultrasound as well. Obviously limited info and incomplete description, but based on those descriptors, it is probably a BIRADS category 3 lesion(98% or greater chance of being benign). Most commonly, a mass with this description is a benign fibroadenoma. ...Read more

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How serious is stage 2 pancreas cancer?

How serious is stage 2 pancreas cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer: Pancreatic cancer is very serious and stage 2 is very serious. Please discuss this with your oncologist for most up to date info information in natural history , treatments, expectations, services etc. ...Read more

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I'm stage 4 Breast cancer. Been having pain in ribs/ shoulder for 2 mths. Also cancer antigen 27. 29 blood test is back above normal. Is cancer back?

I'm stage 4 Breast cancer. Been having pain in ribs/ shoulder for 2 mths. Also cancer antigen 27. 29 blood test is back above normal. Is cancer back?

See your oncologist.: Stage IV describes invasive breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other organs of the body, such as the lungs, distant lymph nodes, skin, bones, liver, or brain. Talk to your oncologist to determine the extent/ or remission of the cancer. Stage 4 usually means that cancer was not just in the breast area. ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy required for stage 1A IDC breast cancer, tumor size 1.1 cm, ER & PR positive, HER2 negative, nuclear grade 1. Patient is 42 years old.

Borderline call!: Your breast tumor is quite small, so it has >90% odds that it can be safely treated with surgery, without any chemotherapy required. You may ask your doctor for treating you with tamoxifen which is a antihormone type of medication, commonly used as the treatment for tumors that are ER positive. Good luck ...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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which cells lining the inside of the breast grow ...Read more