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Diagnosis of breast cancer - spread to ribs and spine -biopsy pending. Mam on 11/12 neg. I feel fine. Is it still possible that this is stage 3 not 4?

Diagnosis of breast cancer - spread to ribs and spine -biopsy pending. Mam on 11/12 neg. I feel fine. Is it still possible that this is stage 3 not 4?

Wait 4 biopsy result: What imaging did you have to evaluate the bone? To disprove that those lesions are not metastatic disease- it requires biopsy to all those lesions and to demonstrate that all biopsies taken from those lesions are negative. My suggestion is for you to wait for the biopsy result- i assume the biopsy was done to one of those bony lesions, correct? I hope they got enough tissue from the right location. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (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 ...Read more


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What is the life expectancy of a 75 yr old woman whose breast cancer has spread to the spine and rib cage?

What is the life expectancy of a 75 yr old woman whose breast cancer has spread to the spine and rib cage?

Everyone's different: Survival rates are most appropriately applied to large groups of patients; it's impossible to give such a number for one person, especially without knowing her own unique situation. As a generalization, we usually talk about "remission" rather than "cure" when cancer has spread to the bone (stage 4) yet people can live for years, especially if it is sensitive to medication. ...Read more

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How much time for incurable breast cancer that has spread to the bones, the spine and lymph nodes which have caused edema in the arm?

How much time for incurable breast cancer that has spread to the bones, the spine and lymph nodes which have caused edema in the arm?

Possibly long time: One of the sites of metastatic breast cancer that responds to newer chemo drugs is osseous involvement. All depend of course on hormone status of the tumor and whether it is triple negative or responds to herceptin/taxol. I now believe that what is in the nodes such as axilla stay in axilla and if not removed may cause the swelling of the arm. Age here is also a factor. ...Read more

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My grandma has metastatic breast cancer in her ribs & spine, she keeps getting these hot flushes. Causes?

My grandma has metastatic breast cancer in her ribs & spine, she keeps getting these hot flushes. Causes?

Medications?: Ask her medical oncologist. Some of the treatments she is getting could cause those symptoms. Is she having fevers? The medical oncoligist would likely want her to watch for signs of fever, infections, or check for low white blood cell count (neutropenia). ...Read more

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What is the best imaging test to rule out lumbar spine metastasis for breast cancer ?

What is the best imaging test to rule out lumbar spine metastasis for breast cancer ?

Bone scan or PET: A bone scan would be a good method to look for spinal mets from breast cancer. A pet scan would be another option, which would show areas of uptake even in non-bone tissue. Good luck. ...Read more

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5 years ago: right breast fibrosis. Now: chest X-ray shows minimal hyperthrophic spurring of thorasic spine. Is breast cancer possible? Other tests?

These: Are unrelated findings. The thoracic spurring is a mild aging change of the spine that just about everyone gets. Breast fibrosis is a non-cancerous finding. Nothing you describe sounds worrisome. ...Read more

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Can non aggressive breast cancer metastasize to bone? I have er/pr+, her2- breast cancer w tumors in spine and rib. Dr unsure both are related.

Can non aggressive breast cancer metastasize to bone? I have er/pr+, her2- breast cancer w tumors in spine and rib. Dr unsure both are related.

Yes, unfortunately: Unfortunately, er/pr positive, her2 negative breast cancer metastasizes to bone quite commonly. On the good side, it usually responds to treatment with hormonal therapy, radiation, and bone strengthening medications very well and patients can live for years. If this is the first possible sign of metastatic disease it is often reasonable to get a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is raloxefene the only breast cancer treatment that helps the bones against osteoporosis and does it build new bone, & prevent hip and spine fractures?

Is raloxefene the only breast cancer treatment that helps the bones against osteoporosis and does it build new bone, & prevent hip and spine fractures?

One of it : Evista (raloxifene) or Raloxifene is a selective estrogen modulating drug , used in post menopausal breast cancers, is slightly better than tomaxifen in certain aspects, like reducing osteoporoses, reduce the incidence of fractures, has to be used with caution , in presence of vascular , renal & heart diseases may cause lethal thromboembolism. Speak to your oncologist. ...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