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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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What is chemo for breast cancer like?

What is chemo for breast cancer like?

Tolerable: It can be rough on some people but generally tolerable. Depending on the drug regimen used, some can make the hair fallout temporarily, give some figure tip, and toe numbness, and make a person weak and immune compromised for a short while. But if your medical oncologist recommends it, it is because the benefits outweighs the risks of potential side effects. ...Read more

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If you have chemo for breast cancer do you lose your hair?

If you have chemo for breast cancer do you lose your hair?

Likely: Chemotherapy generally affects growing cells. Cells of the hair follicle are continuously growing and thus generally adversely affected by chemotherapy. ...Read more

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After chemo for breast cancer, could anything go wrong while doing the radiation?

After chemo for breast cancer, could anything go wrong while doing the radiation?

Unlikely: Breast radiation is an important part of your treatment in order to reduce the risk of recurrence. It is used in a controlled way that is safe and predictable. Discuss this with your radiation oncologist. ...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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I started chemo for breast cancer what vitamins should I take?

I started chemo for breast cancer what vitamins should I take?

Eat right: You should discuss this with your medical oncologist. It is important to eat right and exercise during chemotherapy, and you can often get everything you need from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and low in saturated fats. But be careful taking too many supplements, as some may interfere with the effectiveness of chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Any ideas why i would be running fevers after finishing chemo for breast cancer in nov? I ran a fever at night for 10+ days in early dec & again now.

Any ideas why i would be running fevers after finishing chemo for breast cancer in nov?  I ran a fever at night for 10+ days in early dec & again now.

Puzzling: By now your blood counts should be normal ( have they been checked?). Also, how high is the fever? Any associated symptom? Any new medication? You need a full physical to try to disclose the source of that fever, may have nothing to do with your cancer or the chemo but it certainly needs an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have had an external hemorrhoid that flares up occasionally for eight years. It started during chemo for breast cancer. Should I seek treatment?

I have had an external hemorrhoid that flares up occasionally for eight years. It started during chemo for breast cancer. Should I seek treatment?

It depends: External hemorrhoids are mainly symptomatic (painful) when they develop a small blood clot(thrombosis). This is usually treated with Sitz baths, NSAIDS and occasionally a minor office procedure to remove clot. You can read more excellent patient advice here, just enter the following into the search bar: bit.ly/1vNeGSm ...Read more

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I had chemo for breast cancer and a bone scan indicated a spot on my clavicle. My br cancer is gone but not the spot on the clavicle. What is it?

I had chemo for breast cancer and a bone scan indicated a spot on my clavicle.  My br cancer is gone but not the spot on the clavicle. What is it?

Hard to answer: Without seeing the images its difficult to answer this question. Where in the clavicle (i.E mid vs at sternoclavicular joint), morphology of the lesion and correlation to cross sectional imaging like ct/mri are important in further delineating the possible etiology of the "spot" (increased uptake in radiology lingo). It's also important to mention if you had trauma to the area. Talk to your doc! ...Read more

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Is it fine to add fish in the daily meals after Vp shunt surgery or should it be a strict vegan diet? Patient is also on chemo for breast cancer

Is it fine to add fish in the daily meals after Vp shunt surgery or should it be a strict vegan diet? Patient is also on chemo for breast cancer

Whoa: Whoever has told you that a person who has had a ventriculoperitoneal shunt needs to eat a vegan diet was simply lying to you. The decision to become a vegan is a moral choice, not a medical one, and a vegan who does not know EXACTLY what they are doing will ruin his/her health. If a health care provider has urged a chemotherapy patient to "go vegan" as Rx, report it to the licensing board. ...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


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