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Doctor insights on: High Esr Levels In Breast Cancer Patients

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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In Metastatic Breast Cancer what does elevated ESR mean?

In Metastatic Breast Cancer what does elevated ESR mean?

Not much: It is a non specific test which means it can increase in all kinds of ailments such as chronic infections (TB for example and in Chronic arthritis) and in many different Cancers. So it is not useful test for Breast Cancer....pure waste of money!

Dr. Barry Rosen
4,323 Doctors shared insights

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. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
13 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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What diet is best for breast cancer patient?

What diet is best for breast cancer patient?

Healthy: You should maintain a healthy diet. After surgery it is important to increase your protein content to heal your wounds.

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Dr. Peter Sadow Dr. Sadow
Pathology
13 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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When do breast cancer patients need tamoxifen?

When do breast cancer patients need tamoxifen?

Tamoxifen: A selective estrogen receptor modulator is effective added therapy for women with well-differentiated, estrogen receptor positive breast cancers.

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Dr. Alexander Barkan Dr. Barkan
Surgery
20 years in practice
University of London, St. George's Hospital Medical School
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What food should a breast cancer patient avoid eating?

What food should a breast cancer patient avoid eating?

Food to avoid: No food is associated with exacerbating breast cancer. Enjoy what ever you want but in moderation of course

Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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If a breast cancer patient breast feeds her child will he be affected?

If a breast cancer patient breast feeds her child will he be affected?

No: It is safe to breast feed after having breast cancer, although the affected breast may not produce milk following radiation therapy. Of course, any medication you take, including chemotherapy, may be passed to your child in the breast milk; therefore, your child's pediatrician needs to be aware of any medication you are taking before starting breastfeeding.

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Dr. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
13 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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What can be done to support breast cancer patients?

What can be done to support breast cancer patients?

There are Support g: Ample support is available from your oncologist, his/her onclogy nurses. Most oncology centers have support groups made up of cancer patients, so it is good to join a breast cancer support group with the help of your oncologist. American cancer society (acs) also offeres a lot of help and guidance to further guide you with your needs. You should call up the local branch of the acs in your locality.

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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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What does herceptin (trastuzumab) do for breast cancer patients?

What does herceptin (trastuzumab) do for breast cancer patients?

Herceptin (trastuzumab): Herceptin (trastuzumab) is one of targetted therapy that we can use to treat a her2 positive breast cancer. There are other her 2 receptor inhibitors out there- such as lapatinib, Pertuzumab and hopefully tdm1. It is able to stop the cancer from growing and ultimately cause death to cancer cells that have the her2 receptors.

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Dr. Costantine Albany Dr. Albany
Internal Medicine - Oncology
15 years in practice
University of Tishreen Faculty of Medicine
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Is stage 4 breast cancer patient still have the chance to survive?

Is stage 4 breast cancer patient still have the chance to survive?

Yes: There are many treatment options available for stage 4 breast cancer. Based on what type of breast cancer if ER/PR positive, HER2 positive or not. You should speak to medical oncologist to discuss all the treatment options.

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion
Internal Medicine - Oncology
31 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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When a patient with breast cancer falls unconscious for several days, what does this signify?

When a patient with breast cancer falls unconscious for several days, what does this signify?

No way...: ...In God's creation I could know that. I hope someone took her to the hospital. Fainting spells with or without cancer need to be evaluated and one in which the patient is out "for days" sounds particularly serious.

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Patients with advanced breast cancer, Has received chemotherapy, Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Patients with advanced breast cancer, Has received chemotherapy, Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Breast Cancer: As you see on TV cancer Dx and Rx is very individualized. Some need radiation and some may not. So discuss this with your Dr.

Dr. Kathryn Wagner Dr. Wagner
Surgery
27 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What are the usual symptoms of male breast cancer, and how often do patients not have the usual symptoms?

What are the usual symptoms of male breast cancer, and how often do patients not have the usual symptoms?

Male breast cancer: Hard lump behind nipple, non painful usually, sometimes the nipple will invert or have discharge, older male usually.

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Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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Why are markers left in the chest of previous breast cancer patients? I can see them on X-rays and do they hurt?

Why are markers left in the chest of previous breast cancer patients? I can see them on X-rays and do they hurt?

Usually clips: If the marker were one used to define a non palpable lesion for localization of tumor it should have been resected with the lesion. If the patient underwent mastectomy, the radio opaque clips are vascular clips used to control chest wall blood vessels that were bleeding during the procedure and used to stop bleeding. They are permanent and do not cause any related symptoms. And are never removed

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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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If a patient has breast cancer and breastfeeds her child, do the stray cancer cells in the milk have any effect on her child?

If a patient has breast cancer and breastfeeds her child, do the stray cancer cells in the milk have any effect on her child?

NO: Studies cancer cell will not pass into milk and will not give cancer to the child even in later part of life. However doctors will not recommend breast feeding, the medication, radio isotopes will pass into milk and effect the child..

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Dr. Joseph Accurso Dr. Accurso
Radiology
25 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Can all breast cancer patients carry the brca genes?

Can all breast cancer patients carry the brca genes?

No!: Many patients with breast cancer have no genetic predisposition or risk for breast cancer. However, there are several genetic markers which increase the risk of developing breast cancer over a person's lifetime.

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Dr. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
13 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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Is soy milk safe for breast cancer patients?

Probably: The evidence is unclear, but is most likely safe.

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Dr. Rafael Lugo Dr. Lugo
Surgery
24 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor?

How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor?

Survived: If you have survived the treatment and you are cancer free then you are a survivor. Congratulations! Www. Drlugo. Com.

Dr. Christian Schultheis Dr. Schultheis
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
20 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean
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Is detected IgG with lamba in bloodwork of breast cancer patient serious?

Is detected IgG with lamba in bloodwork of breast cancer patient serious?

MGUS: If your blood count, kidney function and calcium are normal, it probably is a monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance. I agree your oncologist should be able to evaluate this.

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion
Internal Medicine - Oncology
31 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Is serum albumin an independent predictor of survival in patients with breast cancer?

Is serum albumin an independent predictor of survival in patients with breast cancer?

Interesting question: I do not know of any data that point to Albumin as an independent prognostic factor in early breast cancer. Patients with advanced cancer often develop malnutrition and cachexia which will lower the Albumin levels. Those patients will do poorly so indirectly it may give you a rough idea of prognosis in those advanced cases.

Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How often to breast cancer patients have a lumpectomy & gone on to live a life, cancer free?

How often to breast cancer patients have a lumpectomy & gone on to live a life, cancer free?

Much more often....: ...Than not. Thankfully, our tools for treating breast cancer have improved quite a bit over the past 20 years. Survival is not related to method of surgical rx (lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy); rather, it is dependent on the stage, type, and molecular features of the cancer. When caught very early, the chance for cure is better-than 90%. The best way to do that is yearly mammograms beginning at 40.

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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