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What are the odds of a breast cancer recurrence?

What are the odds of a breast cancer recurrence?

Depends: Tumor factors - based on tnm staging, receptor status, grade etc treatment factors - optimal therapy vs. Not patient factors - genetic predisposition - this is rarely the issue time factor - longer the time lapse since initial therapy, lesser the odds. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it 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 on an annual basis. ...Read more


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What is the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence?

What is the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence?

Variable.: Breast cancer may recur either in the breast ("local recurrence") or elsewhere in the body (distant metastasis). The risk of metastasis varies from very low to high, and is correlated with the stage of the cancer; the stage is associated with the size of the cancer and lymph node involvement. Local recurrence following lumpectomy and radiation therapy is less than 5%. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a breast cancer recurrence?

What is the probablity of a breast cancer recurrence?

Depends: Depends on stage, grade, and treatment. If you have breast cancer, you should have a conversation with your medical oncologist. If you are worried you could have breast cancer, you should see your primary care doctor or gynecologist. Early detection improves how well you do. ...Read more

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Can triple negative breast cancer recurrence be considered rare after 5 years?

Can triple negative breast cancer recurrence be considered rare after 5 years?

Not really: The chance of having breast cancer recur is about the same for every year that you are alive. The chance of having cancer come back in the tenth year after treatment is not significantly lower than having it come back in the fifth year after treatment. For more info: http://www.Ccij-online.Org/article.Asp?Issn=2278-0513;year=2012;volume=1;issue=4;spage=201;epage=205;aulast=saha. ...Read more

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Can an oopherectomy reduce breast cancer recurrence in premenopausal women?

Can an oopherectomy reduce breast cancer recurrence in premenopausal women?

YES for ER positive: Oopherectomy has been proven to reduce recurrence in estrogen-receptor positive pre-menopausal women. Prior to tamoxifen, it was a commonly used treatment for metastatic disease and is now known to reduce recurrence in high-risk premenopausal hormone-receptor positive breast cancer, even without the use of other endocrine therapies. ...Read more

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Which test is more accurate in detecting breast cancer recurrence: a pet or an ultrasound?

Which test is more accurate in detecting breast cancer recurrence: a pet or an ultrasound?

Depends: This depends on if your are looking for local recurrence in the breast (ultrasound can help) or distant recurrence (in other organs outside the breast)-pet is better. They are both great tests. If you have concerns, i recommend contacting your oncology team and consider getting a second opinion. ...Read more

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The bone dr gave me strontium ranelate for my osteoporosis t-3.5. Is it true it increases risk for breast cancer recurrence?

The bone dr gave me strontium ranelate for my osteoporosis t-3.5.  Is it true it increases risk for breast cancer recurrence?

No :): There is not a single paper published using the words strontium renalate and cancer in its title: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed?Term=(strontium%20ranelate%5btitle%5d)%20and%20cancer%5btitle%5d i think you can be reassured. There is a radioactive strontium that is sometime used for bone metastasis treatment, and that, or course, would be more concerning. ...Read more

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My mom has 3rd breast cancer recurrence but is brca1/2 negative. Am I high risk for breast cancer?

My mom has 3rd breast cancer recurrence but is brca1/2 negative. Am I high risk for breast cancer?

Yes you are: Breast cancer does have some hereditary tendency. So sisters and daughters of a breat cancer patients have a small increase in their risk for developing breast cancer. yet >90% of the time there is no relationship to such an occurrence. So you need to be vigilant but not worry much about it. Just learn about breast self examination and do annual mammograms beginning at age 40 yr. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy at 26 after her 2 positive breast cancer recurrence during pregnancy. I am overweight and need tips to best lose weight please! ?

I had a hysterectomy at 26 after her 2 positive breast cancer recurrence during pregnancy. I am overweight and need tips to best lose weight please! ?

Walk and weights: The way to lose weight is to "burn" more calories than you eat. 1st- muscle uses more calories at rest than fat, so increasing muscle in the body increases the calories burned all day, every day. Train with situps, pushups, wall sits, and using elastic bands (huge stretchy bands). 2nd - walk! build up to 2-3 miles a day. 3rd-keep track of calories and workouts. Try "my fitness pal" (free app). ...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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more