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Breast Cancer Metastasis To Shoulder
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 I had radical bilateral mastectomy chemo and radiation I had metastasis to the rib in 2006 and 2010 recent biopsy of lymph nodes on the left upper chest near my clavicle and neck showed adenocarcinoma what treatm
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
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
Staging: Breast cancer staging is described as t (tumor size), n (lymph node metastases) and m (metastases to sites like bone, lung, etc). In a simplified short answer: stage 0 is non-invasive breast cancer, stage 1 is no spread to lymph nodes, stage 2 and stage 3 has lymph node spread and larger tumors, and stage 4 would have metastases to other organs. ...Read more
Metastatic disease: Any spread from the tissue of origin, including lymph nodes is metastatic disease. ...Read more
All forms: of breast cancer can be considered serious, but to answer your question, yes, breast cancer with lymph node involvement is potentially curable, but the probability depends on a number of factors. Survival rates are very high if the tumor is small and the lymph node involvement is minimal(stage 1B), and become worse with increasing tumor size, extent of node involvement, and distant metastases. ...Read more
How can angiogenesis and invasion influence tumor growth and metastasis in a patient with breast cancer?
The general concept: The general concept behind angiogenesis promoting cancer metastasis growth is that cancer cells / tumors use more nutrients and therefore need more blood flow than usual to grow to a large size, and that if we can inhibit this new vessel growth stimulated by tumors, we can limit the growth of the tumor. ...Read more
History of invasive breast cancer since 2006. Oncologist ran a CTC test, came back positive with level of 1 CTC. Does this mean I have metastasis now?
Ask your ordering dr: Glad you have well survived from invasive breast cancer. Your current CTC 0f 1 suggests your further survival is very favorable; that's good clinically. For more, review article in https://www.cellsearchctc.com/clinical-applications/interpretation-of-results. Of course, it would be most logical to ask the ordering oncologist since s/he knows more about your individual conditions than anyone online ...Read more
I had very low numbers in a grade 3, stage 3 er+ breast cancer (no lymph involvement), what are the chances of metastasis elsewhere?
Not sure what..: ...You mean by "low numbers". If you truly had a stage 3, node negative cancer, it would be a t4n0m0 (stage iiib). Being er+ is good but a grade 3, stage 3 still has a fair risk of relapse. You need an aggressive approach with chemo, surgery, radiation, and endocrine therapy. My advise: do your best to complete therapy and do not focus too much in numbers or odds. Best 2u. ...Read more
My mother has metastasis breast cancer along with ulcerated growth in the breasts. What is the survival rate?
Need more info.: I am sorry to hear about your mother's diagnosis. This is hard to answer without knowing the specific biology of your mom's cancer and which organs are involved. Nowadays, we consider stage IV breast ca like a chronic illness; one we cannot cure, but we can often manage and control. If your mother consents, it would be best to pose this question to her cancer doctors. ...Read more
Hi, I have metastasis breast cancer and I am on anastrazole. My question is if i take essiac tea would it be interfere my treatment with anastrazole?
Herbal medicine: Essaic tea was studied at memorial sloan kettering back in 1959, and at the nih in the eighties both results were against scientific evidence that it works. But, it accelerate the destruction of the hormanl treatment and the chemotherapeutic agents when used along so ladies will not benefit from the medicine given to them. My advise stick to the evidence based medicine and get away from folk medi. ...Read more
Mom has a breast cancer but it got to the liver ( the liver is functional) the dr called it stage 4 or metastasis , is what she has called breast canc?
Yes it is:
it is a metastatic breast cancer.
breast cancer is the original cancer
it could be inherited.
there is a lot of tests now that they can determined the risk for every relative and the best way to prevent and avoid breast cancer. ...Read more
Shall I allways have Zometa and Herceptin (trastuzumab) for HER 2 breast cancer bone metastasis? OR, is Zometa with Femara enough? Thanks a lot
Her2-pos Breast Ca: Herceptin (trastuzumab) is indicated for Her2-pos metastatic BC. Duration of therapy in metastatic setting is not well defined. Usually it continues as long as it works or discontinued due to toxicity. Zometa is indicated for bone metastasis in most solid tumors. It carries a risk for osteonecrosis of jaw. Usually it is stopped after 2 yrs if not earlier. Femara is for post-menopausal BC who has positive ER/PR. ...Read more
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.
Imrt vs gamma knife: Both are useful for different situations depending on the number, size and location of the lesions. Sometimes may be difficult to compare the roles without looking at the scans ...Read more
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?
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
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
Spread of cells:
Micrometastasis means that a few tumor cells have left the breast tumor and traveled to the lymph nodes under the arm. In most cases, this is treated as a negative lymph node.
I encourage you to review your pathology report with your surgeon and oncologists (ideally they are communicating with each other through a meeting called a tumor board). ...Read more
Unlikely but yes: Time to recurrence curves have two peaks - one at 3-5 years and a second longer tail. Er- tumors if they recur are almost all in the first peak. Er+ tumors can recur more distantly in the future. After 10 years (or sooner if er-), one must asses if it is a recurrence of the original tumor or a new second primary. ...Read more
What does the pain from bone metastases feel like what other symptoms are there and any specific to metastases from breast cancer?
Sort Of: We define cancers by their organ of origin. Therefore, by strict definition, bone cancer originates from bone cells; Anastrozole won't help these rare cancers. More commonly, cancers can spread to bones--we call this bone metastasis. Breast cancer can spread to bones; anastrazole can prevent the spread of certain breast cancers. Hope this helps. ...Read more
My aunt is recently diagnosed with secondary bone metastases from breast cancer, which sounds really bad?
Treatable, incurable: I am sorry for your aunt. When the cancer has spread to other area beyond the primary organ-i.e.Breast- it is called stage iv. It is incurable, however treatable and there are many treatment options available-which will depend on the er/pr and her2neu status of the cancer.Bisphosphonates such as zometa or xgeva (denosumab) are available to decrease risk for fracture. Radiation tx is available to reduce pain. ...Read more
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
Unlikely : In general.. No.. Breast cancer is typically a painless palpable lump or it's a mammographical painless finding. Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive variant that can be painful as it involves the skin. Advanced cancer that has grown into the skin or chest wall can also be painful. See your physician for a good history and physical. A mammogram or ultrasound could be indicated. ...Read more
If I have pain in my left breast armpit and around to my shoulder blade. Could it be breast cancer?
Worried that my back shoulder neck aches is masking as breast cancer. Read story on woman who had those symptoms and had stage 4 mets breast cancer.
Not so difficult to: It is not difficult to tell the cause of your pain. If you have good insurance, then your doctor can order tests besides doing a good examination of your breast by physical exam and mammography. Bone scan is a good test to make sure that your bones are free of cancer. Please discuss these options with your doctor and get over this anxiety! ...Read more
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
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