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Dr. John Yim Dr. Yim
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Is stage 2 breast cancer bad?

Dr. John Yim Dr. Yim
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Is stage 2 breast cancer bad?

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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (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 ...Read more


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Does most women with stage 2 breast cancer always have a recurrence?

Does most women with stage 2 breast cancer always have a recurrence?

No: At least 80% survival at 5 years without breast cancer recurrence, but depends more on cell type, hormone receptors, dna of the tumor cells, response to treatments, etc the oncologist would have much more information specific to this situation. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for someone with stage 2 breast cancer?

What is the survival rate for someone with stage 2 breast cancer?

High: Published 5-yr survival rates are 81% for iia and 84% for iib breast ca. Keep in mind this includes mortality from other causes and reflects patients treated almost a decade ago. For more info...http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-survival-by-stage. ...Read more

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What are other options other than chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

What are other options other than chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

Depends: This depends on the type of breast cancer you have. Treatment is now individualized to the type of cancer, lymph node involvement and hormone status of the cancer cells. A special test called a oncotype DX can help determine if chemotherapy is beneficial or not but the cells have to have hormone receptors. I recommend speaking with your oncologist. Don't be afraid to get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are other options other then chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

Could you tell me what are other options other then chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

"Options": The standard and recommended treatment in premenopausal patients would usually included chemotherapy and an anti-hormone regimen. Chemo is only used in about 15% of postmenopausal women, those who have hormone negative tumors. Radiation is used in breast sparing procedures, and is used to supplement mastectomy patients. If you are unsure, get a second oncological opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which treatment can I expect with stage 2 breast cancer?

Which treatment can I expect with stage 2 breast cancer?

Variable: Breast cancer is individually treated depending on each person's condition, cancer stage & cell type. Surgery (lumpectomy) often combined with the proper chemotherapy or hormone agents, and sometimes radiation therapy. It varies highly from one person to another, depending on the factors I have noted above. An oncologist can help direct you for your personal care. ...Read more

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Stage 2 breast cancer at 87 years old. Is it recommended that i go through surgery?

Stage 2 breast cancer at 87 years old. Is it recommended that i go through surgery?

Consult team: There are many questions that need to be answered: are there any health issues that make surgery and anesthesia a high risk? How big is tumor? Is the tumor er or pr positive? I recommend you fined a breast surgeon that works in a multidisciplanary team to help provide education and options. Breast care in individualized for each unique patient. ...Read more

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My sister is diagonosed with stage 2 breast cancer and went through mastectomy, what are the chances of survival?

My sister is diagonosed with stage 2 breast cancer and went through mastectomy, what are the chances of survival?

Good: Stage-2 breast cancer generally has good prognosis. I would put her into 70%-80% chance of cure if she is given the current standard treatment. For breast cancer. ...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