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What happens during a breast cancer treatment?

What happens during a breast cancer treatment?

Breast cancer tx: During a breast cancer treatment, you would work closely with your oncology team- including a breast surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist. All of them will work with you so you can get the best therapy available tailored to your case and to ensure that you can get through the therapy well, cope with those possible adverse events and still able to maintain descent quality of life. ...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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How has breast cancer treatment improved over time?

How has breast cancer treatment improved over time?

Many ways: In many ways it has improved. First of all withearlier detection there is less need of less aggressive excisions and chemo and radiotherapy. Have many advances in chemotherapy, for example it is a lot more targeted to specific receptors on the cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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Please help! what is the best course of action for breast cancer treatment?

Please help! what is the best course of action for breast cancer treatment?

Get a team: ...Of specialists (breast surgeon, med onc, and rad onc), preferably working together in a multidisciplinary setting, who will evaluate the situation from the beginning and make a concerted plan of attack. This should include dietitian, physical therapist, and if needed a genetics counselor. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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How can I find trials? How do you find out about test trials for breast cancer treatment?

How can I find trials? How do you find out about test trials for breast cancer treatment?

Ask: Either ask your treating physicians or you can look here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/clinicaltrials/results/type/breast. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer treatment affect work? How long will i be off of work for breast cancer treatment?

How does breast cancer treatment affect work? How long will i be off of work for breast cancer treatment?

Highly variable: I agree with dr. Wilson. There are many treatments for breast cancer ranging from minor surgery and hormone pills, to more extensive surgery with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. You would need to discuss your specific situation with your oncologist who would have much more information for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment?

When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment?

Chemotherapy: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the treatment of hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. It may be used alone or in combination with traditional IV chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage. Furthermore, tamoxifen has been shown to be effective reducing the chance of developing breast cancer in high-risk women ("chemoprevention"). ...Read more

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What are the side-effects of breast cancer treatment?

What are the side-effects of breast cancer treatment?

Depends on treatment: This is a complex question. Each treatment-surgery, radiation, chemo, hormonal- has it's own uniques set of side effects. In addition, not everyone will experience side effects. The good news is that most side effects can be managed with treatment or medications. Be sure to ask your oncology team questions. ...Read more

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Hereditary breast cancer treatment success rate as high as other forms?

Hereditary breast cancer treatment success rate as high as other forms?

Yes: Matched stage-for-stage, the response rate to treatment is no different for the hereditary or non-hereditary forms of breast cancer. The main difference is the risk of developing a second breast cancer or ovarian cancer: this is why many women with brca+ breast cancer opt for "prophylactic" (preventive) bilateral mastectomy and oophorectomy (removal of ovaries). ...Read more

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What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Alternative to what?: Chemotherapy is the administration of a drug that circulates throughout the body and kills cancer cells. Our goal is to choose the most effective drug tailored to one's specific cancer subtype. If by "alternative" you mean alternative to proven, standard therapy...No. However, many of our "standard" drugs are well-tolerated w/o traditional side-effects like hair loss, nausea, etc. ...Read more

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Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Yes: In some cases hormonal treatment can be as effective as chemotherapy. However if there is benefit from chemotherapy then it would be in addition to hormonal therapy. You should ask what percent benefit chemotherapy would give your circumstance and then decide if it's worth it to you to not accept that benefit. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal not to get cat scans after breast cancer treatment?

Please advise if it's normal not to get cat scans after breast cancer treatment?

Depends...: ...On many factors. Current standards of care do not recommend scans for patients with low risk for recurrence as they do not improve the overall chances of surviving the cancer (this was proven in at least 2 or 3 clinical studies). Patients with stage 3 cancer often do get scans, especially in the beginning, to do a complete staging. ...Read more

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Are there negative effects of breast cancer treatment/ mammography after a year? What should I expect?

Are there negative effects of breast cancer treatment/ mammography after a year? What should I expect?

Mammo is low risk: Treatment effects can vary significantly depending on what is done (type of surgery, radiation, chemo). Mammography should not have any significant effects, especially after one year. Mammograms are low dose radiation, but any radiation can increase cancer risk over the long term (decades). The cancer risk from mammograms is extremely low. Note that you are below the recommended screening age. ...Read more

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Neck and supraclavicular swelling 2 years after breast cancer treatment?

Neck and supraclavicular swelling 2 years after breast cancer treatment?

Do not assume: This is best answered by your doctors who are members of you oncology team. You need an immediate appointment and imaging to get this figured out. It could be tumor or late radiation effects or other non breast cancer conditions. Good luck and please call your doctor. ...Read more

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Is tamoxifen a must for er/pr negative menstruating woman for breast cancer treatment?

Is tamoxifen a must for er/pr negative menstruating woman for breast cancer treatment?

No: This and similar medicines are anti Estrogens that block the receptors. So if the patient has negative receptors there is little benefit from the medication. So it's not a must. ...Read more

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What is a less toxic more natural alternative to chemo therapy for breast cancer treatment ?

What is a less toxic more natural alternative to chemo therapy for breast cancer treatment ?

Consult Oncologist!: For estrogen or Progesterone positive receptor cancer of breast: hormone manipulation: estrogen receptor inhibitors-tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors-arimidex, aromasin, (exemestane) letrosole etc ! ...Read more

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What are financial implications of using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment?

What are financial implications of using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment?

?: I have never had an issue of trastuzumab (herceptin) coverage in appropriate patients. Individual co-pays are based on each patients insurance. There may be a benefit of trastuzumab in 0/low expression breast cancer that is the subject of a cooperative group clinical trial -- nsabp b-47 - clinicaltrials.Gov id: nct01275677. ...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. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more