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How long do people usually live with breast cancer before they die?

How long do people usually live with breast cancer before they die?

Depends: This depends on the health of the patient before the diagnosis and also the stage of the disease. ...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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For what length of time can you live with breast cancer before you die?

For what length of time can you live with breast cancer before you die?

Depends: Early breast cancer can be cured and that person would live the as long as they would normally have if they never had cancer. Patients with stage 4 have incurable disease but some can do well for years if properly treated. Not true for all, sadly. Some cancers are very aggressive and cause death quite fast. Depends on certain characteristics of the particular cancer. ...Read more

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How long do people usually live with untreated breast cancer?

How long do people usually live with untreated breast cancer?

Variable: This is highly dependent on the cancer type and stage of presentation. Some aggressive forms of cancer may take over vital organs within months; other breast cancers may rarely spread to other organs and may be indolent for years and years. What remains true is that there is no benefit of "watchful waiting" when it comes to breast cancer: all else being equal, early diagnosis can save lives. ...Read more

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How can you actually die from breast cancer?

How can you actually die from breast cancer?

Cancer spreading: Breast cancer, just like most other solid cancers, causes death mainly through the dissemination of cancer cells to other organs such as brain, lungs, liver, bones, ect, in a process called metastasis. Some people died peacefully. Some people died after experiencing a lot of symptoms such as shortness of breath (from cancer in lungs or pleural effusion or pericardial effusion) or bone pain. ...Read more

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How likely is it that someone will die from breast cancer?

How likely is it that someone will die from breast cancer?

Limited mortality: Prior to mammography most women presented with lesions larger than 5 cm and axillary adenopathy. With introduction of mammography and 3D imaging along with MRI of breast, most lesions are preinvasive, DCIS where with good margins of resection and RT if needed the cure rate is in the 90%. When mets do occur to bone because of a large triple neg. lesion, with hormones and chemo many live 10 yrs ...Read more

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What will breast cancer do to people who don't die from it?

What will breast cancer do to people who don't die from it?

Breast Cancer: Breast cancer is definitely a deadly disease. The patients that survive deal with the psychological and physical ramifications from having cancer. Many times, the therapy (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation) can treat the cancer, but also dramatically affect the patient's well being. Seeing a plastic surgeon early can help patients deal with their disease and start to feel whole again. ...Read more

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My mother past way from breast cancer is true that I'm gonna die to if I don't get yearly momgrams ?

My mother past way from breast cancer is true that I'm gonna die to if I don't get yearly momgrams ?

When you : should begin screening depends on your risk profile and whether you are a BRCA carrier. Speak with your doc about it. Mammograms will not prevent breast cancer, but they will help detect the cancer earlier, when it is at a more curable stage. ...Read more

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How to stop fearing that I am going to die from recurrence of breast cancer?

How to stop fearing that I am going to die from recurrence of breast cancer?

Support: Have you discussed your prognosis with your doctor? Good places to start would be other patients that have been through similar situations. Seek out support groups! get involved in a charity! be active! ...Read more

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How long do breast cancer spread if not treated?

How long do breast cancer spread if not treated?

Breast cancer: Breast cancer should be evaluated by mammogram, us and biopsy. With this information the type of breast cancer, the cellular activity and hormonal receptor status can be evaluated which aid your breast surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist guide you through the process. If you need a mastectomy a plastic surgeon with breast reconstruction experience should be consulted. ...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