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Breast Cancer Stage 1
HER 2?: I believe you are saying a Stage 1, Her2+ tumor at 70 years old (please correct). This is a very favorable tumor with good treatments (Herceptin). The 5 year survival rates are over 95%. Provided this person is otherwise healthy, she should do very well. I recommend speaking with your oncology team and getting addition and specific information related to this case. ...Read more
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
Her2-positive breast cancer stage 1 level 3 and 70 yrs old - how much longer can somebody expect to live?
A full lifetime: Stage 1 cancer is curable with appropriate treatment. With surgery to remove the tumor, and appropriate chemotherapy including herceptin, (trastuzumab) the chance of cure is very high. In someone age 70, the doses of chemo drugs might need to be reduced, but Herceptin (trastuzumab) is not chemo. Older people do well on it! it is very unlikely she will die from breast cancer if she gets good treatment now. ...Read more
Is there any test that can be done to know whether the chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer stage 1 are working properly?
Not really: Remember that chemo given after surgery is meant to treat potentially existing microscopic deposits of cells and thus improve the odds of surviving cancer, not to treat cancer that we can see and measure. For that reason, only time will tell if it was successful. From now on, it is time for surveillance. Be alert but don't live in fear. Best to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Excellent!: Stage 1 is the earliest stage of breast cancer. The chance she'll be alive in 5 years is more than 95% as long as she has treatment. Patients with HER2 positive breast cancer should receive a year of Herceptin (trastuzumab) as part of chemotherapy. Stage 1 breast cancer, even if it is grade 3 and HER2 positive, is curable. Don't worry, I'm happy to tell you she has a great prognosis! ...Read more
What do you suggest if my mom has her2 breast cancer stage 1 grade 3 how good is her chance of living?
Good: If tumor greater than 0.5 cm, then i would recommend adjuvant herceptin (trastuzumab). If she does not have a lot of medical problems, one would also consider adding chemotherapy as well. If er +, then would also recommend an aromatase inhibitor. With a her2 positive tumor, there is a target to block. That improves the outcome. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Do i need a pet scan after surviving breast cancer? I had breast cancer (stage 1) and treatment was successful. I just had a mammogram and there was no cancer. Treatments were chemotherapy and radiation.
You and your oncolog: You and your oncologist need to discuss this. Given the low stage, and assuming successful completion of treatment, pet/ct might not be indicated at this time. It does depend on the specifics of your case. Pet/ct is useful in evaluating for distal metastatic disease. It does not replace mammography, ultrasound or breast MRI for local recurrence surveillance ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Im a breast cancer positive, stage 1 with her2 positive, is completly necesary the chemotherapy in my case?
Breast CA: It really depends on your risk factors and tumor characteristics. You should have a through consultation with a medical oncologist to determine the best course. ...Read more
Breast cancer stage 1b with 1/3 lymph node micrometastasis at 1.9. Left breast, pt 32y. Radiation therapy controversial. Need opinions?
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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