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What is the final stage of breast cancer?

What is the final stage of breast cancer?

Stage IV: Stage 4 breast cancer is defined as cancer that has spread from the breast to other organs. This is also known as metastatic disease. While not curable by traditional definitions, if the cancer is sensitive to chemotherapy, people may live years with treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (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 on an annual basis. ...Read more


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Putting your phone in your bra may cause breast cancer? I use to do that years ago i stopped I have been checked since then many times and nothing

Putting your phone in your bra may cause breast cancer? I use to do that years ago i stopped I have been checked since then many times and nothing

Just not true: The claim that bras cause cancer was made up by a crackpot in the 1990s. If cell phones caused cancer, Putin would stop using his and so would our CIA. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer that was treated 3 years ago but just found to show up again as spinal cancer, considered terminal?

Is breast cancer that was treated 3 years ago but just found to show up again as spinal cancer, considered terminal?

Not necessarily: This would depend on where the breast cancer appeared in the spine. Most often these occur as metastases to the vertebra of the spine. These may be treated very effectively with surgery and radiation with very good local control. The status of the breast cancer in the rest of the body (ie. Are there other metastatic sites?) is the key to the overall prognosis. Also, molecular markers are important. ...Read more

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Is secondary cancer always terminal? My nana's breast cancer has spread to her liver...how long does she have to live?

Is secondary cancer always terminal? My nana's breast cancer has spread to her liver...how long does she have to live?

Not good, but...: Nowadays, the advent of chemotherapy & the understanding of the cancer with specific cell types have brought much more good news to the cancer affected patients including breast cancer although, of course, metastatic cancer worsens the longevity. For your nana, it would be more logical to direct this Q to her medical oncologist who knows more her individual conditions than anyone online. ...Read more

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I have finished treatment for stages 3 breast cancer. How often should I be tested to ensure the cancer hasn't returned?

I have finished treatment for stages 3 breast cancer. How often should I be tested to ensure the cancer hasn't returned?

Follow up important: Talk to your oncologist. I tend to see patients every 3 months for physical and labs. Sooner if any concern arises. ...Read more

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How much time after you finished chemo for breast cancer till your periods are regular?

How much time after you finished chemo for breast cancer till your periods are regular?

Maybe forever!: At your age of 46, it's very likely that chemotherapy will put you into menopause. However, if you are still having periods, it can take a year or more for them to become regular, and sometimes they never get back to normal. You are likely approaching menopause, and during this time it's common to have irregular periods, which can make for some unpleasant surprises! You're not alone... ...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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Would someone who has finished treatments for breast cancer be okay if they stopped taking arimidex (anastrozole) anestrozol?

Would someone who has finished treatments for breast cancer be okay if they stopped taking arimidex (anastrozole) anestrozol?

Still treatment: Please recognize that Arimidex (anastrozole) is a part of your treatment regimen.It is as important as your other treatments in that it can decrease the chance of the cancer returning. Speak with you oncologist if you are having unbearable side effects, they can switch you to another medication. ...Read more

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What to do if i had breast cancer a couple of years ago, and when i started chemotherapy, my periods were stopped, is this normal?

What to do if i had breast cancer a couple of years ago, and when i started chemotherapy, my periods were stopped, is this normal?

Not rare: ...Depending on the chemo. Permanent or temporary loss of ovarian function is a common side effect of chemo. Some patients have no periods for more than a year and then restart them, others end up with early menopause. You are still young so it's possible they will restart. Even if they don't, your ovaries may still be working to some degree. ...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


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