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My mother had breast cancer and metastasis into brain. She has completed IMRT Radiation Theraphy (16 sittings) 3 weeks before. I recently came to know about SRS-Gammaknife Radio surgery for Brain which is effective than normal RT. Pls need details.

My mother had breast cancer and metastasis into brain. She has completed IMRT Radiation Theraphy (16 sittings) 3 weeks before.  I recently came to know about SRS-Gammaknife Radio surgery for Brain which is effective than normal RT. Pls need details.

Poor prognosis: Brain mets represents late stage disease, If solitary then resection can be tried or if large lesion shrinks with IMRT then resection may be tried. When lesion is solitary then best RT is Gamma knife which is high intensity, low dose volume at about 2-3 cm. For larger lesion the high intensity localized RT is known as Cyberknife, delivered in a rotation system in which the patient is centered. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...Read more


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Mom had breast cancer and metastasis to brain, eye, lung, liver&bone.Now she felt so tired & difficulty walking. Is this the end or there is a chance?

Mom had breast cancer and metastasis to brain, eye, lung, liver&bone.Now she felt so tired & difficulty walking.  Is this the end or there is a chance?

Palliative Care: I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom and pain control. They can also help give advice for your social situation in helping taking care of her. She may benefit from inpatient or outpatient hospice. Aggressive palliative care is a way to ensure she makes the best of things. ...Read more

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Mom had breast cancer in 2006 & in 2009 metastasis to lung, brain&eye happened. On 2012 tumor spread to bones and liver.Now she can't move easily&tired?

Fatigue: I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom and pain control. They can also help give advice for your social situation in helping taking care of her. She may benefit from inpatient or outpatient hospice. ...Read more

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Are brain metastases common among breast cancer patients?

Are brain metastases common among breast cancer patients?

No.: The most common sites of metastases include the bone marrow, lungs, and liver. While uncommon, breast cancer can metastasize to the brain or the lining of the brain. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive

What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive

Mets of Breast cance: It depends on treatment so far...This is not a good prognosis..it is all about managing quality of life and options. No one knows of course, life expectancy but in my opinion quality of life is MOST important ...Read more

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My mom 66 just diagnosed with breast cancer, metastasis to bones, stomach&lung t3n2m1. Put on tamoxifen for 2 mnths.Can she benefit from surgery?Whats her survival rate in years?How to extend her life?

My mom 66 just diagnosed with breast cancer, metastasis to bones, stomach&lung t3n2m1. Put on tamoxifen for 2 mnths.Can she benefit from surgery?Whats her survival rate in years?How to extend her life?

Need more than that: Yes if primary tumor is not removed , yes she will debunking will help , needs more than tamoxifen , speak to the oncologist for chemotherapy . Recent advances in chemotherapy changing the survival rate from 23% for better . Good luck. ...Read more

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Breast cancer spread only to lymph nodes is also called metastasis?

Breast cancer spread only to lymph nodes is also called metastasis?

Metastatic disease: Any spread from the tissue of origin, including lymph nodes is metastatic disease. ...Read more

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How to extend my mom's life? Metastases liver cancer at stage 4. My mom did surgery for breast cancer before. How to extend life besides treatment?

How to extend my mom's life? Metastases liver cancer at stage 4. My mom did surgery for breast cancer before. How to extend life besides treatment?

Quality: If you want, you can look for aggressive treatment for her or getting her entered in a study. It is her decision. I'd urge you to focus at this time on making her last months (or it may be years) matter. Remember the good times, seek healing if need be, stay involved with her and help her do and enjoy the things that are important to her. Add life to the time, more than time to the life. Bless you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast cancer skin metastasis?

Can you tell me about breast cancer skin metastasis?

Sure: It can be as simple as a lump or it can be raised and pink like a pimple. Typically occurs at the site of resection but can be in other places as well. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can be done for breast cancer skin metastasis?

What can be done for  breast cancer skin metastasis?

More importantly...: ...What's going on in the rest of the body? True skin mets from breast cancer are often multiple & may be indicative of disease elsewhere, necessitating chemotherapy. If it is truly an isolated skin met, it can be excised and/or radiated. ...Read more

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Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more


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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more