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How fatal is stage 3 breast cancer?

How fatal is stage 3 breast cancer?

40-70% 5-yr survival: The most recent statistics from the national cancer database quote the above numbers for stage 3 breast cancer, which varies quite a bit between 3a v. 3b or 3c. Keep in mind that this is based on people diagnosed as long as a decade ago, so it may not reflect the most up-to-date treatments. ...Read more

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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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Prognosis stage 3 breast cancer?

Prognosis stage 3 breast cancer?

Curable!: Stage 3 means the tumor is large and/or the cancer has spread to many lymph nodes. It can still be cured with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The risk of cancer returning depends on many factors-- age, # of involved lymph nodes, and whether the cancer has hormone receptors or her2. About 50% of stage 3 breast cancer patients are cured. Have hope! ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for stage 3 breast cancer?

What is the survival rate for stage 3 breast cancer?

More than 50%: This is a hard question. Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer. It depends on whether it's stage3a, b or c, and the time of survival. At 5 years after diagnosis, 50-60% of women with stage 3 breast cancer are alive. Other factors are age, receptor status of the tumor, number of lymph nodes involved, and treatment. Remember that survival is improving all the time! ...Read more

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Is stage 3 breast cancer usually fixable with an operation?

Is stage 3 breast cancer usually fixable with an operation?

Yes: Stage 3 breast cancer is curable, but in addition to an operation most women will need chemotherapy and radiation therapy for the best chance of cure. Surgery removes the cancer from your breast/lymph nodes, but chemotherapy & radiation kills cancer cells that have escaped into your body. These escaped cells can return as incurable stage 4 cancer, so treating them is very important. ...Read more

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Stage 3 breast cancer?

Stage 3 breast cancer?

Yes: Stage 3 breast cancer indicates spread to more than 3 lymph nodes for a breast cancer of any size. Will likely need surgery, chemotherapy & radiation therapy. See an oncologist for more details. ...Read more

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What is stage 3 breast cancer?

What is stage 3 breast cancer?

It is locally advanc: When the tumor in the breast is quite advanced, often more than 5 cm(>2 inches) in size and starting to cause local skin invasion and also spreading into multiple lymph nodes in the arm pit. ...Read more

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What does stage 3 breast cancer mean?

What does stage 3 breast cancer mean?

Staging: Stage 3 cancer means the breast cancer has extended to beyond the immediate region of the tumor and may have invaded nearby lymph nodes and muscles, but has not spread to distant organs. Although this stage is considered to be advanced, there are a growing number of effective treatment options. This stage is divided into three groups: stage 3a, stage 3b, and stage 3c. ...Read more

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How do you treat triple negative, stage 3 breast cancer?

How do you treat triple negative, stage 3 breast cancer?

Chemo: Triple negative breast cancer refers to those cancers whose cells have tested negative for epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2), estrogen receptors , and progesterone receptors . They are aggressive requiring chemo for mets. The METRIC trial employs Glembatumumab vedotin (CDX-011) CALGB is evaluating carboplatin added to paclitaxel and adriamycin (doxorubicin) plus cyclophosphamide chemo ...Read more

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Please explain what are the most accurate and honest statistics of surviving stage 3 breast cancer?

Please explain what are the most accurate and honest statistics of surviving stage 3 breast cancer?

Don't get despaired: Stage iii over all survival of 72% is getting even better reaching 82% , with current advanced treatments , speak to your oncologist for all available treatments ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for my mom with stage 3 breast cancer?

What's the prognosis for my mom with stage 3 breast cancer?

Depends: Depends on: type of cancer (grade, hormone receptors) pre or post- menopausal type of chemotherapy and other therapy given (radiation, surgery) how long ago was the diagnosis? How old is she? ...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