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Metastatic breast cancer usually spread to liver?

Metastatic breast cancer usually spread to liver?

It may: Breast cancer can metastascise to many organs. Regionally to the lymph nodes and distantly to other organs. More commonly to the bones, lung, liver, brain and other visceral structures in the abdomen or pelvis. ...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


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Is secondary cancer always terminal? My nana's breast cancer has spread to her liver...how long does she have to live?

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

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What should I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?

What should I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?

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 more

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How long can I survive with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to my liver without chemotherapy?

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 more

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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?

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?

Depends: Stage 3 means armpit lymph node in involvement. Spread to other organs means stage 4. Treatment options vary. Best option is for her to have a review by a good oncologist for possible treatment options. ...Read more

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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

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Diagnosed with liver cancer also breast cancer. What is the prognosis?

Diagnosed with liver cancer also breast cancer. What is the prognosis?

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 more

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I want to know whether radio surgery (cyber knife or gamma knife) is applicable in metastatic breast cancer to liver?

I want to know whether radio surgery (cyber knife or gamma knife) is applicable in metastatic breast cancer to liver?

Mets in liver: If someone had just one met, cyberknife, rfa, nano knife, cryo ablation or surgical resection any of them can be considered. It would be important to biopsy it and make sure what the pathology is as there is a 20% chance of having different pathology compared to the primary breast cancer. That can make a difference in systemic therapy we choose. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has breast cancer and after some biopsy's and an MRI thisfind any spreading in the other breast or liver?

What do you suggest if my mom has breast cancer and after some biopsy's and an MRI thisfind any spreading in the other breast or liver?

Medical oncologist: If your mother has breast cancer spread to the opposite breast and to the liver, she should be under the care of a qualified medical oncologist and perhaps a surgeon if the disease is limited in the liver. Some patients are candidates for surgical resection of liver spread and possibly a mastectomy on the opposite breast. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Have blood in sputum took a pic,have liver enzmes going up and down,just had mastectomy for breast cancer stage 2 it's gone now,also just diagnosed di?

Have blood in sputum took a pic,have liver enzmes going up and down,just had mastectomy for breast cancer stage 2 it's gone now,also just diagnosed di?

Recent Stage II: treated breast cancer , will not have blood in the sputum , elevated liver enzymes you need to see your doctor work up , speak to your doctor need further work up for your condition , may not be related to your breast cancer ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has breast cancer and after some biopsy's and an MRI this of spreading to the left breast or towards the liver?

What do you suggest if my mom has breast cancer and after some biopsy's and an MRI this of spreading to the left breast or towards the liver?

Excisise primary: gThe primary lesion of breast should be resected and evaluated as to if it is triple neg. and which hormones might be effective if the lesion is ER+ or neg. If there is evidence of a second lesion, that should also be excised and with evidence of liver involvement, chemotherapy whould be added along with agents such as herceptin (trastuzumab) if lesion HER2+ ...Read more

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My mother in law is 76, has metastatic breast cancer in liver, on chemo now started giving things away.bad sign?

My mother in law is 76, has metastatic breast cancer in liver, on chemo now started giving things away.bad sign?

Bad sign?: Your mom's physicians have presumably explained to her that her cancer is not curable, and that the amount of time that she has left is unpredictable. It seems perfectly sensible and the right thing in this situation for her to share the things she has treasured with the people she loves. Perhaps you can help Mom prepare for what will eventually come by cherishing the times you've shared. ...Read more

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Is it common for people who are using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment to have raised liver blood test readings?

Is it common for people who are using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment to have raised liver blood test readings?

Not usually: Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a pretty safe drug. As far as i know it does not affect liver functions. But many other drugs including chemotherapy can increase the liver enzymes. You should ask you oncologist to confirm it with the drug manufacturer or from a drug information source. ...Read more

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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. Neigatha Graney
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Liver (Definition)

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