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Will breast cancer come back after it has been treated?

Will breast cancer come back after it has been treated?

Variable.: Recurrence may occur. Here is a good article that covers the basics: http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-risk-factors. ...Read more

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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Can triple negative breast cancer come back after 5 years?

Can triple negative breast cancer come back after 5 years?

Yes: Breast cancer can recur decades later, and pathologists often recognize that it's the same tumor as before. Hoping this works out for you -- best wishes. ...Read more

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Does the type of surgery affect whether breast cancer can come back?

Does the type of surgery affect whether breast cancer can come back?

No and Yes: With proper selection and an experienced surgeon - the survival rate is the same for lumpectomy (+ radiation) and a mastectomy. But even in the best hands, about 5-10% of women will have a recurrence in their breast after lumpectomy and radiation. (more common with larger tumors, younger women, and positive lymph nodes). Most of those women can be potentailly cured with mastectomy. ...Read more

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Is it true that hereditary breast cancer is more likely to come back than non hereditary?

Is it true that hereditary breast cancer is more likely to come back than non hereditary?

Breast cancer: Unfortunately yes. Many cancers arise from single cells that become cancerous through a series of unfortunate mutations. Hereditary breast cancers arise from cells that all started with a slight change which predisposed all of those cells to cancer. So there's a higher chance of second primary cancer. As far as recurrence itself, that depends on a lot of factors involved in the type and staging. ...Read more

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What are the chances that my breast cancer can come back? (I went into remission 5 years ago)?

What are the chances that my breast cancer can come back? (I went into remission 5 years ago)?

Small: The chance of recurrence depends a lot on the risk factors of your particular case. It is possible to have a recurrence but most women won't after being disease free 5 yrs. ...Read more

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How long can exemestane work for stage 4 breast cancer? I've been on it 6 months and I have no more active cancer. I'm terrified it will come back.

How long can exemestane work for stage 4 breast cancer? I've been on it 6 months and I have no more active cancer. I'm terrified it will come back.

Hard to answer: That varies. I have had patients on their first hormone treatment for over 5-10 years. Ultimately if it is stage 4, the cancer will recur. Regular follow ups and exams are very important. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can Breast cancer come back after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, after 2 month?

Can Breast cancer come back after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, after 2 month?

Yes: I would love to say that the treatments we offer are 100% effective, but that would be a lie. Sadly, some patients will have a relapse of their cancer regardless of what we do. All those therapies reduce the risk of recurrence but not down to 0. ...Read more

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Why does my breast cancer come back? I have had radiation, chemo 2x and surgeries. I have been on several aromase inhibitors a nd had a tram flap

Residual tumor: When tumors of breast are resected primarily, many have tumor close to bx margins. Here radiation fails in about 20% and disease will then spread. Reresection for margins essential. The issue of recurrence also depends on the size of the primary lesion, greater than 2.5 cm. And the status of the hormone receptors. If one has a triple negative lesion then the response to many treatments poor. ...Read more

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Mammo in March showed area of interest right breast. Had an ultrasound that the radiologist said was" probably" a cyst and said had no suspicious features. She told me to come back in 6 months for a follow up. Very nervous about breast cancer. 43F

Mammo in March showed area of interest right breast. Had an ultrasound that the radiologist said was" probably" a cyst and said had no suspicious features. She told me to come back in 6 months for a follow up. Very nervous about breast cancer. 43F

Breast cyst: Although any abnormality on a mammo is frightening, a lack of suspicious features on ultrasound is very helpful. If you don't have any palpable abnormality or high family risk for early breast cancer, a six month recheck is very appropriate. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy treat breast cancer that has come back in the lung?

Can radiation therapy treat breast cancer that has come back in the lung?

Usually not: Breast cancer that has come back in the lung usually requires chemotherapy. It depends on the type of breast cancer, how quickly it is growing, and whether there are multiple spots or just one spot. Breast cancer in the lung means microscopic cancer has spread through the body, so a whole-body treatment like chemo (or hormone-blocking therapy) is necessary for best results. ...Read more

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Hello, my mum lost her sense of smell due to chemo/radiation for triple neg breast cancer, will it ever come back? Its been almost a year since she has finished chemo and 9 months since she finished radiation therapy. She is 54 years old. Thank you

Hello, my mum lost her sense of smell due to chemo/radiation for triple neg breast cancer, will it ever come back? Its been almost a year since she has finished chemo and 9 months since she finished radiation therapy. She is 54 years old. Thank you

Possible: If it is going to come back, we will know in the next 6-12 months. Nerves heal slowly, and when they heal, it can take a long time. Since this was a problem for a long time, it may not come back at this point. It is worth being patient.

Are we certain it is due to the treatments? Sometimes a person may lose their sense of smell for other reasons. ...Read more

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Is Ibrance the best course of treatment for someone whose breast cancer has come back in her Lungs&Liver? We are worried about blood clots in arteries?

Is Ibrance the best course of treatment for someone whose breast cancer has come back in her Lungs&Liver? We are worried about blood clots in arteries?

It depends on many: Factors like what type of cancer what is the age, ER/pr and HER2 status previous treatments and side effects including Radiation Rx. So have open discussion with oncologist. They know the best. ...Read more

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What are statistical odds of cancer coming back? 42 yrs old. Trip neg breast cancer, stage 3 C, axil & supra clav dist Mets. Dx last year, now NED?

What are statistical odds of cancer coming back? 42 yrs old. Trip neg breast cancer, stage 3 C, axil & supra clav dist Mets. Dx last year, now NED?

Very possible: Triple neg makes the lesion more aggressive and obviously not too responsive to hormonal therapy. Nodal disease extending to supraclavicular area is extent to which axilla can spread. No mets to occur from this site. Usually surgery, RT utilized. If NED, recurrence can only come from cells that might have spread from primary and now reside in marrow. If recurrence then chemo will be needed. ...Read more

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After successful double mastectomy with no lymph node involvement what are my chances of breast cancer coming back in my brain, liver, lungs or?

After successful double mastectomy with no lymph node involvement what are my chances of breast cancer coming back in my brain, liver, lungs or?

Slight chance: Recurrence of breast cancer is dependent on the nature of the lesion resected in terms of size and hormone receptors. If the lesion was under 1 cm. And hormone receptor positive, with negative nodes after mastectomy cure rate should be in the 90%. Also when over the age of 60, results are better than if the condition were the same in a premenopausal 30 year old. ...Read more

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Hi I have breast cancer it came back in my chest wall?

Hi I have breast cancer it came back in my chest wall?

See below: For locoregional recurrence, the mass needs to be biopsied and work-up to rule out distant metastases should be done. If mastectomy was performed during the original treatment, a wide local excision of the recurrent mass should be performed (if possible), as well as axillary lymph node dissection and chest wall radiation (if was not done already) + adjuvant chemo/hormonal therapy. ...Read more

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I am 39yrs old, had mammogram 4/10/10came back normal. When should I have another mammogram? Both my grandma's had breast cancer.

I am 39yrs old, had mammogram 4/10/10came back normal. When should I have another mammogram? Both my grandma's had breast cancer.

At age 40: Unless your grandmothers had breast cancer at an early age, you should have your next mammogram at age 40. You should have them yearly thereafter. ...Read more

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If breast cancer came back what to do?

If breast cancer came back what to do?

Depends....: ...on many factors but first, you must not despair. Therapy for breast cancer is quite effective in many circumstances. I suggest you get yourself a good oncologist who works in a multidisciplinary setting and preferably has access to clinical trials. Not sure how that works in Argentina but your family doc should be able to help. Saludos y mucha suerte. ...Read more

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How long after breast cancer will I get my sexual drive back?

Impossible to say: Decreased libido has many causes that would have to be examined to clarify your answer ...Read more

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How soon after a lumpectomy (breast cancer) can I go back to work?

How soon after a lumpectomy (breast cancer) can I go back to work?

Soon: Ask your surgeon. Unless you have a very heavy strenuous job with a lot of heavy lifting, one could likely return to work in a few days after lumpectomy surgery. Depends possibly if lymph node surgery is also planned. ...Read more

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Upper pain in my upper back it feel like pin and needle and im a breast cancer survival.

Upper pain in my upper back it feel like pin and needle and im a breast cancer survival.

Need tests: It could be simple simple muscle or arthritic pain but some one like you have to make sure it is not due to metastasis to bone, have to see your oncologist for tests like pet scan etc please see your doctor as soon as possible when tests are negative you will get relief from medications (& mental relief also). ...Read more

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Is it normal to have sharp pains in the breast and upper back post breast cancer surgery?

Is it normal to have sharp pains in the breast and upper back post breast cancer surgery?

Post surgery neuropa: This is likely normal post surgery. You are described post surgery neuropathic pain. This is typically a result of "cutting" of the nerves in your skin from the surgery. Most people will have improvement over time, but some will have continued pain in the region. Some patients have "phantom" pain post mastectomy because their body still thinks the breast is there, even though it was removed. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has just been diagnosed with grade 3 breast cancer if she goes into remission what are the chances it comes back?

My girlfriend has just been diagnosed with grade 3 breast cancer if she goes into remission what are the chances it comes back?

Stage 3 or grade 3?: Grade reflects the appearance in microscope view and can be associated w/ any stage. Stage 3 cancers are further divided in 3a & 3b with wide range of survival/recurrence. Stage is the predictor you want to know. Please check w/ your doctor for specific term. ...Read more

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I feel throbing pain from my left breast to my left side of my back bone. I am kind of worried if it is related to breast cancer.

Probably not: Breast pain is not a common symptom of breast cancer and it would be rare for a 28 year old female to develop breast cancer. This is most likely benign breast pain. However you should discuss your concerns with your friendly primary care physician. ...Read more

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Someone I know had breast cancer about 3 years ago. Within the past year, the cancer spread to the spine and liver. What is the prognosis?

Someone I know had breast cancer about 3 years ago. Within the past year, the cancer spread to the spine and liver. What is the prognosis?

Varies: This depends on her response to treatment and her overall health. The average 5 year overall survival for someone with stage IV breast cancer is 15%. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer cause upper back pain?

Yes: Unfortunately it may be related to vertebral or rib metastases. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer cause upper back pain?

Yes: Breast cancer can metastasize to vertebrae and if it happens to affect the veterbrae in the upper back, it will result in pain. ...Read more

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Is upper back pain considered one of the signs of breast cancer?

Is upper back pain considered one of the signs of breast cancer?

By itself, no: Many people have back pain; so back pain by itself is not a sign of breast cancer. However, if you have a history of breast cancer or if you find a lump in your breast or axilla (armpit), then you should check with your doctor since breast cancer frequently travels to bone. If the backpain persists, do go see your doctor (not necessary for breast cancer, but to evalaute also for other reasons). ...Read more

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Is it likely that this is breast cancer if they call you back for x-rays after a mammogram?

Is it likely that this is breast cancer if they call you back for x-rays after a mammogram?

No....: It is more likely that you are fine. Depending on the center you are seen at, recall rates vary from 1 in 20 to 1 in 10. Of those recalled, approximately 15% will need biopsy and of those biopsied 20% will be cancer. These numbers are from research studies and may not reflect the performance of your local mammography center. ...Read more

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My breast cancer came back after 13 years - has radiation and chemotherapy improved since then?

My breast cancer came back after 13 years - has radiation and chemotherapy improved since then?

Yes: New chemotherapy agents have been introduced. There are also newer types of rmachines and techniques. However in regards to radiation if you had the same exact problem now versus 13 years ago the treatment might be exactly the same. ...Read more

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Considering going back on hrt. Is it safe if you have no history of breast cancer? Also am at risk for osteoporosis which I think HRT helps.

Check with you Dr.: This is an important question as many women in your age group face this situation. Estrogen replacement or hrt will definitely benefit some women. There are risks and these should be discussed with your primary care doctor or gyn. Factors to consider is osteoporosis, breast cancer family history, genetics and current past medical history. ...Read more

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Finished breast cancer chemo 1 yr ago. Hair grew back at an expected rate at first. Now, I have had no hair growth for over 4 months. A concern?

Finished breast cancer chemo 1 yr ago. Hair grew back at an expected rate at first. Now, I have had no hair growth for over 4 months. A concern?

No, not really!: It has no specific meaning. I would give it some more time as the breast cancer does not affect hair growth. It is only chemotherapy and sometimes hormonal therapy which could slow down the hair growth. Ask your oncologist to give you some reasonable explanation as to why you might have this problem. ...Read more

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I ve small pain in my left breast, left armpit & back (left side). Can dis b a symptom of breast cancer (no cancer history in my family) I am 21 female?

I ve small pain in my left breast, left armpit & back (left side). Can dis b a symptom of breast cancer (no cancer history in my family) I am 21 female?

Very unlikely: It would be extremely unusual, but not impossible, for this to be a breast cancer. Any persistent symptom in the breast, and certainly any mass, should be examined by a doctor. You may need to have an ultrasound of the area done. It is always better to look into these things than ignore them. ...Read more

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Help please! Could breast cancer cause back /flank pain?

No in general unless: It has spread to bones in those areas. Please consult a doctor for more specific advice. ...Read more

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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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After finding a breast lump, I had a blood test that came back normal. Is it still possible to have breast cancer?

After finding a breast lump, I had a blood test that came back normal. Is it still possible to have breast cancer?

Yes! Yes! Yes!: There is not a blood test to detect breast cancer. If there is an abnormal lump, you need a mammogram and ultrasound and then a biopsy to make a diagnosis. Only a biopsy, which is taking a sample of the lump, can determine if you do or do not have breast cancer. A biopsy can be done with a needle and results obtained in 24-72hours. See a breast specialist for evaluation-do not delay! ...Read more

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