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I have finished treatment for stages 3 breast cancer. How often should I be tested to ensure the cancer hasn't returned?

I have finished treatment for stages 3 breast cancer. How often should I be tested to ensure the cancer hasn't returned?

Follow up important: Talk to your oncologist. I tend to see patients every 3 months for physical and labs. Sooner if any concern arises. ...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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I am 71. At age 62 I had her2 positive and ER positive breast cancer with 6 positive nodes out of 16, . What are the odds of return of breast cancer?

I am 71.  At age 62 I had her2 positive and ER positive breast cancer with 6 positive nodes out of 16, .  What are the odds of return of breast cancer?

Good odds: You are in pretty good territory 9 years after the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. You should have been on antiestrogen therapy for a minimum of 5 years, and probably for a full 10 years. Although breast cancer is known to occur more than 20 years after it is first diagnosed, this is unusual. ...Read more

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29 yo. Pat. grandmother 1st diagnosis w/breast cancer@24, to return x3, taking her life@68yo. I've painful non-mobile lump, L brst. Odds of fam history repeating?

You should see: your doctor now for evaluation of breast lump , odds are good in your favor due to your age ( 29 ) only one member involved may not be genetic ,. Fibrocystic disease is painful , non mobile . Your doctor will do required tests and take your worry off your mind. Good Luck ...Read more

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Numbness of toes after last cycle of chemo to treat breast cancer, when will it return to normal?

Numbness of toes after last cycle of chemo to treat breast cancer, when will it return to normal?

Takes a while: It may take a while-several months to a few years to have the symptoms subsided. Be patient. You may want to try vit b1, b6, b12. ...Read more

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When given 3 to 6 months prognosis, because of metastic breast cancer that has returned 3 times now to brain, what will the body/disease do as result?

When given 3 to 6 months prognosis, because of metastic breast cancer that has returned 3 times now to brain, what will the body/disease do as result?

It depends: The degree of control of the brain tumor is important. Although it has returned, the question is whether all avenues such as surgery, gamma knife or both have been used to control the brain tumors. With respect to the rest of the body, imaging/staging studies should be done to see how extensive the breast cancer is. That is, has it gone to the liver or lung or bone?That would make a big difference. ...Read more

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What are the risks of breast cancer returning within a year of original treatment if taking tamoxifen?

What are the risks of breast cancer returning within a year of original treatment if taking tamoxifen?

Low: Most women do well if their tumor is removed and it is in early stages...With high cure rates of 80-85% for stages 1 and 2.. The chances of return within one year of orginal diagnosis have to be very low, perhaps about 5% in my view. ...Read more

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What are statistical odds for cancer returning in a 63 yr old woman 20 yrs after treatment for stage 1 breast cancer (lumpectomy, chemo, & radiation)?

What are statistical odds for cancer returning in a 63 yr old woman 20 yrs after treatment for stage 1 breast cancer (lumpectomy, chemo, & radiation)?

Low, but not zero.: First of all, congratulations on being a 20-yr survivor! it is impossible to give you a number or even a range without knowing more specifics about your cancer, however, the fact that it hasn't returned in 20 years certainly puts you in favorable statistical category. I suggest that you meet with your medical oncologist to discuss this, as well as any measures you can take to prevent a recurrence. ...Read more

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Is it possible for men to get breast cancer?

Is it possible for men to get breast cancer?

Yes, it is possible: Male breast cancer is rare in contrast to female breast cancer. In the United States, approximately 2140 new cases of mbc are diagnosed annually, and 450 deaths occur.The median age of onset of male breast cancer is 65 to 67, approximately 5 to 10 years older than in women. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

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