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DCIS, left breast, biopsy itself removed high grade cancer cells, lumpectomy path 100% cancer free. Radiation necessary? What about proton therapy?
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
Low, but depends: The overall risk of lung damage resulting in breathing problems is less than 1-2%, but depends on the size of the radiation field, whether nodes are being treated, the technique (2d, 3d, or imrt), use of chemo during radiation (unusual), and issues with the patient (history of interstitial lung disease , etc). Ask your doctor what techniques they will use to reduce the amount of lung treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stage IV: I hope your mom is okay. Metastatic breast cancer is condition when the cancer has spread beyond the breast. It commonly spreads to the liver, lung, bones, brain. It is unfortunately an incurable disease-although it is treatable. Therapy will depend on the biology of the cancer and your mother's overall health condition and her preference. We do have chemo, targetted therapy, hormonal therapy ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
5 steps: 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of breast cancer 2. Have babies and breast feed. These decrease your risk 3. Limit hormone therapy after menopause. 4. Decrease alcohol intake 5. Exercise - women who have regular physical exercise have a decreased risk of breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It can be: Dcis, the earliest form of breast cancer, can be associated with brca mutations. 13% of women under 50 diagnosed with dcis had a brca mutation in retrospective (looking backwards) studies. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or dcis before age 50 should have genetic counseling. For more info: http://clincancerres.Aacrjournals.Org/content/13/14/4306.Full. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends: Survival rates depend on multiple factors; age, response to treatment, stage of disease, your overall health. This is a conversation best had with your medical oncologist. ...Read more
Location: In stage iii, the cancer still hasn't spread far beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes. However, in this stage there typically are many lymph nodes involved or the tumor is so large it extends to the chest wall or involves the skin of the breast. stage IV breast cancer has spread to distant sites of the body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had scc on face, bowens on leg & now diagnosis breast cancer (focal scc also), is there a link having skin cancer & breast cancer ?
Probably not: No correlation between squamous cell cancer of the skin with breast cancer. Scc of the skin- including bowen's disease which is squamous carcinoma in situ of the skin- are related to uv exposures. Breast cancer with a focal scc- is suspicious for metaplastic carcinoma of the breast- a very rare type of breast cancer. There is a relation between metaplastic cancer with brca 1 mutation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It is curable.: All breast cancer is bad, but the prognosis changes with stages. So the lowest stage has the best prognosis and the highest stage, stage 4, has the worst prognosis. Technically there is a stage 0 which is something called dcis, which hasn't invaded out of the ducts. Stage 1 is better than stage 2 but stage 2 is definitely curable. You can never know you are cured for sure so follow up is necessary. ...Read more
No.: Brachytherapy is used in the treatment of localized prostate cancer, or cancer that has not spread outside of the prostate gland. If a patient has metastatic disease, treatments need to be systemic, with the aim of halting the growth & spread of the cancer throughout the body. These treatments include hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Urologists & medical oncologists can help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?
Biological process: The dna of any cell may mutate and continue to replicate with no end to it. The ability of cells to multiply and differentiate is expressed in the growth of a baby in 9months from a fertilized ovarian cell. From 1cell to a 9-10pound baby in 9months. That ability is in every cell of the body. If the off switch for cell division is lost, cells of any type may replicate indefinitely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are statistical odds for cancer returning in a 63 yr old woman 20 yrs after treatment for stage 1 breast cancer (lumpectomy, chemo, & radiation)?
Low, but not zero.: First of all, congratulations on being a 20-yr survivor! it is impossible to give you a number or even a range without knowing more specifics about your cancer, however, the fact that it hasn't returned in 20 years certainly puts you in favorable statistical category. I suggest that you meet with your medical oncologist to discuss this, as well as any measures you can take to prevent a recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fear of the Unknown: From my experience as a cancer surgeon, the two most difficult times are immediately after treatment, when one feels as if nothing is being done to treat the cancer (often after months of rx). The second most difficult issue to overcome is the fear that the cancer may come back even if all systems are clear. Of course, there is no simple answer, but with each passing month, this improves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many effects: Although most children with cancer can be successfully treated. However, cancer treatment and diagnosis can cause side effects called late effects. Emotional effects such as anxiety, depression, and fear of recurrence can occur in cancer survivor. Depending on the therapies they received, they can also have learning disability and memory lose, specially in children received cranial irradiation. ...Read more
Strengthen your body: If you have to do rehabilitation postop, you can use it as an opportunity to get in better condition and strengthen yourself. This helps not only the areas that need this therapy, but your body as a whole. Your body can get in better condition, and you have something you can concentrate on to help overcome the cancer and its issues. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Insurance used to: Cover everything, now they avoid risk. A medical savings account usual secures pre-tax dollars to pay out of pocket costs: co-pays, deductibles, or if you are in favor of bearing your own risks, the billable costs. Most do not realize that the insurers cut deals to discount provider's cost. If you go at the bills alone, you pay full boat. You will have big costs of surveillance. ...Read more
Neuropathy is: Associated with a number of chemotherapy classes: taxanes, platinums, vinca alkalods, and non-cancer causes, diabetes being the most prominant. A number of metals: arsenic, mercury, lead. Also infections, leprosy for instance. Maintaining good control of diabetes helps, and time alleviates many neuropathies. There are proposed preventatives, but i've not seen remedies once existing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's best for you.: It is your choice of who you want for this. You did the hard part by surviving the cancer, so you should go with who you feel most comfortable with. Since you survived cancer, there are issues important to you that you have to deal with, and this fact can help you find the psychotherapist that best suits you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several!: Currently over 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will be cured of their disease, due to advances in the treatment of common childhood cancers such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia; over 90% of children with that diagnosis are now cured. Many types of brain tumors, wilm's tumor, and lymphomas are also very curable. Metastatic bone and soft tissue tumors and neuroblastoma are still challenging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When people are described as a cancer survivor does that mean the person is cancer free and for how long? What is the meaning to doctors?
It is a broad term: Anyone with a present or past diagnosis of cancer can be labelled as a cancer survivor. So I have to ask: how long have you had cancer? Is he/she in remission and cancer free or not? Once a person is cancer free for 5 or more years, then there is a good chance to be a long term cancer survivor or Cured from cancer. ...Read more
Confused! my numerous lipomas are not moveable or soft & are fast growing & i'm a cancer survivor.Should' NT I have a biopsy to be on the safe side?
Am cancer survivor. In 5mths have fast bothersome growing lumps in r/l quad of ab. Sono:numerous benign appearing lipomata' should I insist on biopsy?
No: Fatty tumors are usually benign.Get a more detailed answer ›
My girls always very highfriends body heat is always very high especially when shes sleeping and when she works or moves around two time cancer survivor
It depends on the CA: This depends on the cancer you had. If you had a muscle cancer, your best exercises are those that strengthen the muscles around that area. If it was a lung cancer, exercises to build up your remaining lung capacity are of help. The best way to find out is to see your doctor for the best rehab. Direction, or, if he has given you one, a good (physical) therapist. ...Read more
Many choices: This is one area where the american cancer society can actually be helpful. A phone call to them will help you find a variety of meaningful things you can do -- from finding friends with whom you share a common bond to learning of opportunities to assist families who need someone for practical help or simply encouragement. Good for you! ...Read more
Local groups: Many communities have support agencies available. You should seek resources nearby. ...Read more
Please help as I am extremely worried , I am a cancer survivor with new lump in arm skin. What are possibilities?
Your concern...: ...Is entirely understandable, given your history. The chances that this new lump represents a recurrence of your cancer depends entirely on what kind of cancer you had, and other factors. Odds are that it is something entirely different, but go to your doctor right away and find out for sure. The sooner you find out it's just a cyst or lipoma, the sooner you can stop worrying. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See photo in my file of 3 non movable lumps.Started july to now. Re:lipoma? But these grew fast not slow.(i am a cancer survivor also).
Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more
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