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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

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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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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Does most women with stage 2 breast cancer always have a recurrence?

Does most women with stage 2 breast cancer always have a recurrence?

No: At least 80% survival at 5 years without breast cancer recurrence, but depends more on cell type, hormone receptors, dna of the tumor cells, response to treatments, etc the oncologist would have much more information specific to this situation. ...Read more

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How to stop fearing that I am going to die from recurrence of breast cancer?

How to stop fearing that I am going to die from recurrence of breast cancer?

Support: Have you discussed your prognosis with your doctor? Good places to start would be other patients that have been through similar situations. Seek out support groups! Get involved in a charity! Be active! ...Read more

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What is the genetic recurrence of breast cancer?

10-15% Hereditary: We believe that only 10-15% of breast cancers are hereditary, with the rest being environmental in origin. People w/the hereditary form of breast cancer tend to get diagnosed earlier in life and may get cancer in both breasts. When treated by lumpectomy or (single) mastectomy, it is not uncommon to develop a second, unrelated breast cancer; therefore, many opt for double mastectomies. ...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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Is it possible to have a recurrence from triple negative breast cancer even after being in remission for 10 years?

Is it possible to have a recurrence from triple negative breast cancer even after being in remission for 10 years?

Yes, but RARE: A cancer can be very smal and not detectable for a long time. Even if it seems to have been gone for 10 years, it is possible to show up again. ...Read more

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Is arimidex (anastrozole) when given as prevention of recurrence of breast cancer only used with estrogen receptive cancer?

Is arimidex (anastrozole) when given as prevention of recurrence of breast cancer only used with estrogen receptive cancer?

Yes*: Arimidex (anastrozole) belongs to a category of drugs called aromatase inhibitors. These are effective chemotherapeutic agents for people with either estrogen-sensitive or *progesterone-sensitive breast cancers. This is only effective after menopause; premenopausal women may use tamoxifen for a similar response rate. ...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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I have a new tiny lump in scar from breast cancer surgery, is this a recurrence?

I have a new tiny lump in scar from breast cancer surgery, is this a recurrence?

Lump in surgery scar: When surgery is performed, many hair follicles in the area are disrupted in the area and new cysts can form. Cysts are not a problem. However, in the area of previous breast cancer, we would be concerned about a recurrence, so any new lesions must be seen by a dermatologist or the breast surgeon. ...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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My mom had been diagonsed with breast cancer chest wall recurrence and surgery had been done and lump had been removed.

My mom had been diagonsed with breast cancer chest wall recurrence and surgery had been done and lump had been removed.

What is your questio: Tell us what is your question? We need to know her age and the dates of her surgery and date of her breast cancer recurrence. Then we can guide you further. What did herr Doctor advise you to do???? ...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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Is it possible to have breast cancer with out any lumps I'm the breast? And r there any other sighs of breast cancer?

Is it possible to have breast cancer with out any lumps I'm the breast? And r there any other sighs of breast cancer?

Breast mass: A very early, developing cancer won't produce a big enough mass to feel. Mammography picks up some of these early. If a woman does monthly self exam and immediately gets any dominant mass checked, her chances of dying of breast cancer are very small. ...Read more

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My father is 62 yr old. He has 4 sisters. 3 of them r above 50 found to have breast cancer. (heriditary) how much possibility does my father have

My father is 62 yr old. He has 4 sisters. 3 of them r above 50 found to have breast cancer. (heriditary) how much possibility does my father have

Yes possible: Breast cancers due to BRCA gene malformation in females will lso affect men if they inherit, other forms of cancers like prostate cancer. You also will need genetic counseling and tests. ...Read more

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My father is 62 yr old. He has 4 sisters. 3 of them r above 50 found to have breast cancer. (heriditary) how much possibility does my father have?

My father is 62 yr old. He has 4 sisters. 3 of them r above 50 found to have breast cancer. (heriditary) how much possibility does my father have?

Male breast cancer: Is rare, even with positive family history, but risk is not zero. He should be seen annually by a doctor for careful physical exam, given his family history. ...Read more

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How common is breast cancer?

Pretty common: Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2012:
new cases: 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) and 39, 510 (female); 410 (male) deaths. Lifetime risk is 1 to 8. Risk is higher with the increased of age. ...Read more

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Any odor with breast cancer?

Any odor with breast cancer?

Not typical: An odor would not be a typical symptom. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer spread?

How can breast cancer spread?

3 ways: It spread through lymphatic organ (lymph glands), through blood circulation and direct invasion to the adjacent organ such as skin, chest wall etc. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer spread?

How does breast cancer spread?

3 Basic Ways: Breast cancer can spread in 3 basic ways - it can grow larger and larger, invading into the skin or muscle; it can invade into the blood vessels and then travel to other areas of the body (most commonly liver, lungs, bone and brain), and it can invade into the lymphatic vessels and travel to the lymph nodes under the arm and other areas of the body. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer develop?

One mutant cell: One normal cell inside your breast mutates (becomes abnormal), and begins to grow. The normal "stop" signal that tell a cell to stop dividing doesn't work, so the cells keep dividing. One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, etc. It takes millions of cancer cells to form a tumor you can feel. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer develop?

How does breast cancer develop?

One mutant cell: One normal cell inside your breast mutates (becomes abnormal), and begins to grow. The normal "stop" signal that tell a cell to stop dividing doesn't work, so the cells keep dividing. One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, etc. It takes millions of cancer cells to form a tumor you can feel. ...Read more

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Whom does breast cancer affect?

Whom does breast cancer affect?

One-In-Eight Women: A common misconception is that women without a family history need not worry about breast cancer. In truth, most breast cancers occur in women with no risk factors. Furthermore, the incidence increases with age. Every woman needs to have regular screening mammograms beginning at age 40. ...Read more

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Why don't men get breast cancer?

Why don't men get breast cancer?

They do: Male breast cancer exists, but is only 1% of breast ca. Females develop breast tissue in response to hormones at levels that men don't achieve. If men take certain hormone medications, their breast tissue can grow. Breast cancer cells can be estrogen sensitive, so genetic males taking estrogen or with liver dz may be at increased risk. Brca gene can also increase risk, as in females. ...Read more

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Does estradi case breast cancer?

Possibly: Estrogen receptor type of cancer incidence fell after scientific studies
linking estrogen use with increased risk of breast cancer caused many women to discontinue their use, but other studies gave less convincing conclusions. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

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


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