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Breast Cancer Spread To Liver
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 ...Read more
Is secondary cancer always terminal? My nana's breast cancer has spread to her liver...how long does she have to live?
Not good, but...: Nowadays, the advent of chemotherapy & the understanding of the cancer with specific cell types have brought much more good news to the cancer affected patients including breast cancer although, of course, metastatic cancer worsens the longevity. For your nana, it would be more logical to direct this Q to her medical oncologist who knows more her individual conditions than anyone online. ...Read more
Still treatable: There are many chemo options available. If it is stage 4 by virtue of minimal liver involvement-there is good medical data to talk with a liver surgeon to discuss removal of that portion of the liver. If there are other spots of tumor spread in the body, then chemotherapy and hormone suppression therapy are the mainstays of treatment. Focal radiation can help bone pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long can I survive with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to my liver without chemotherapy?
Hard to say: Hello - there are many treatment options for stage 4 breast cancer. If your cancer is ER or PR positive, hormonal tx can be used. If it is Her2 positive, Herceptin (trastuzumab) and other targeted, non-chemos can be used. If the breast cancer is triple negative then chemo is your best option. There are "mild" chemos, some oral, that can be tried. Average lifespan is usually quite long with treatment. Best ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a friend that has stage three breast cancer in both breast and it has spread to the liver. What is her survival rate?
Someone i know had breast cancer about 3 years ago. Within the past year, the cancer spread to the spine and liver. What is the prognosis?
If breast cancer were to spread to an ovary, would it likely also go to the lungs or liver or bones along the way?
Yes: Mets can show up in multiple locations at the same time. It's not a stepwise progression ...Read more
55-y breast cancer after mastectomy with multiple liver spread, HER-2(3+) and EGFR(+). 8 cycles of TH chemo, liver mass shrink then regrow, and now on oral capecitabine + Trastuzumab for 2 weeks, no improvement. Please suggest treatment.
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
It is not very usual: To have two cancers at once' more likly the breast cancer is the cause of the liver lesion(s). Ifthere is doubt, a biopsy can be done to verify cell type and establish appropriate treatment, including presence of er/pr/her-2-neu - cell surface marker suggesting treatment. Liver metastasis can respond, but classically less responsive to hormones, and not having as favorable outcome to therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
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