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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
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
Don't find out: It is impossible to answer this question without knowing more, particularly what stage the cancer is at. But don't find out. Even triple negative cancer, if caught at an early stage, can be curable. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy sound terrible and scary but are more tolerable than people think and we have become much better at managing side effects. Talk with women who have been through it. ...Read more
The spread in months: Well it depends on the aggressiveness of the tumor itself since the grading of the tumor is variable. It will be counted in months and not years. In addition the size of the tumor the bigger in size it gets the more likelihood of spread to armpit lymph glands. ...Read more
How long does breast cancer take to spread if it goes untreated? Are we talking months or years? Or 10 years +
No set time: My rule of thumb: treatment should be initiated = 6 weeks unless it's a particularly fulminant lesion-in which case psychological burden of delay alone dictates more immediate action. The fear of cancer => stress which is immunosuppressive. Do not make a final decision until you have consulted with all of these 4 specialists: oncology, general surgery, plastic surgery and radiation oncology. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on the health of the patient before the diagnosis and also the stage of the disease. ...Read more
Yes.: In it's earliest stages, breast cancer usually does not cause any symptoms. Mammography is such an important screening test for breast cancer since it can detect cancers that would never be found by symptoms or (self) examination. ...Read more
Years: Breast cancers are usually present for years before being found. They may produce a mass and no other symptoms until very advanced. This is part of the rational behind screening. If found when small, there is an excellent chance at a cure. If found after a long existence, cures are more difficult. ...Read more
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
Depends: There are different factors calculated -most importantly the stage of the cancer, the biology/molecular of the cancer, the treatment, response to therapy etc. Other things like age, overall health conditions, your decision are also important and affect on your prognosis and how long you are going to survive. It varies from just a few months to being cured. It is all individualized. D/w your md. ...Read more
?????: This is hard to say. It depends on what stage breast cancer you are dealing with. Breast cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. Before you decide not to pursue treatment, I recommend you get a 2nd opinion to evaluate your options. You may need a different approach and a new team that you feel more comfortable with. Get more info before you throw in the towel. ...Read more
VERY variable.: It is said that, on average, it takes 5 yrs for a breast cancer to become palpable. However, every cancer has it's own growth rate & generalizations like this are meaningless. The fact is that most women develop no symptoms until the cancer has grown quite large--cancer has a way of "flying under the radar". Best bet: yearly mammograms beginning at 40 to find the cancers before symptoms develop. ...Read more
A long time...: Especially if one includes dcis in this category, which is better designated pre-cancer. On the other hand, we sadly see neglected breast cancer with the tumor bursting out of the breast skin, bleeding and producing a fetid mess. Not treating real cancer is a big mistake. Dying with uncontrolled local breast cancer is a horror for the patient and those who love them and care for them. ...Read more
NOT LONG: Although history and physical exam alone (and sometimes mammography, mri, and ultrasound) can sometimes strongly infer the diagnosis of breast cancer an examination of the actual tumor or tissue is required to make a definitive diagnosis before treatment can be rendered. It takes approx 24-48 hours to get a pathological diagnosis after a sample has been obtained. ...Read more
What happens if breast cancer for a male particular goes untreated for 7-8 years? Will he experience sickness or symptons?
The course: Of male breast cancer is similar to that of female breast cancer. As tumors grow with time, there is an increasing chance of metastases and a poorer prognosis. ...Read more
Not sure..: If I understand your question. In the short term, when breast cancer is small and early, there are no symptoms & it is easier to treat with small surgery & hormone medications. In the long term, untreated breast cancer can grow, spread to other organs, or ulcerate with an open wound on the breast. Untreated breast cancer can be fatal in the long term. ...Read more
Everyone's different: Survival rates are most appropriately applied to large groups of patients; it's impossible to give such a number for one person, especially without knowing her own unique situation. As a generalization, we usually talk about "remission" rather than "cure" when breast cancer has spread to other organs (stage 4) yet people can live for years, especially if it is sensitive to medication. ...Read more
Breast cancer: That is a very unusual place for breast cancer to spread to. In general if breast cancer spreads, the most common organs it spreads to are the lungs, liver, bones, and brain. This can occur at any time around the diagnosis of the breast cancer, but is mostly likely within the first 2 years. ...Read more
Variable: Many women with breast cancer have their disease limited to the breast, treatment of which will have no long-term effects. Some women will have disease outside the breast which requires chemotherapy, which carries some risks to other organs. A percentage of these women with systemic disease will succumb to the ca if it takes over a vital organ. ...Read more
Yes: The long term effects are related to the types of treatments that you may have undergone. Surgery may have the risks of numbness, limb swelling, scarring. Radiation carries the risk (although much smaller now) of causing a new cancer. And some chemotherapies have the risk of causing different types of blood cancers. ...Read more
It depends: There are several chemotherapy options for stage 2a breast cancer. Characteristics of the patient and the cancer are required to make a decision on the type of chemotherapy (and whether chemotherapy is even necessary). Chemotherapy would be anywhere from about 8 weeks to a year (herceptin-or trastuzumab treatment, if recommended, requires a year of treatment). ...Read more
It depends: If the doctor processes the biopsy quickly, the answer can be ready the next day. During surgery, something called a frozen section can be done, and the result known during the surgery. However, the patient may not be informed of the results for up to a week or longer. Sometimes this is due to processing, time to send the biopsy to the lab, time for a report to come, back, etc. Ask your docto. ...Read more
Tamoxifen is: Beneficial for 5 years, longer use provides no protection. Anastrazole and Letrozole are newer, are being tested beyond 5 yrs. These are indicated in tumors with + estrogen receptor. The use of these drugs for prevention without er+ breasst cancer is not proven. Protracted beyond 5 yrs of teh aromatase inhibitors is not yet proven. ...Read more
5 yrs or less: It has been shown that using hormone replacement therapy (hrt) can increase one's risk of breast cancer when taken for longer than 5 years. Because of this we no longer recommend taking hormones for long periods of time. Work with your gynecologist for options to deal with the symptoms of menopause. ...Read more
How long can someone live that's been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer on average (beyond 5 years)?
Breast cancer: That is a difficult question. It is certainly possible. With treatment the 5 year survival rate for Stage I cancer is very high. Without treatment it would depend on the type of cancer, how aggressive it is, age and health of the patient among other things. I have seen advanced stage patient live a lot longer than expected and early stage patients die earlier. I would advise treatment. ...Read more
Does taking hrt's after hysterectomy always increases your chances for breast cancer and how long do u have be on them before that happens.
Not always but often: Hrt does increase the chances of breast cancer. No current consensus among medical community on who can safely take hrt and for how long with those chances that are inconsiderable comparing with benefits of hrt. If however you have a family history of breast cancer, or had it before yourself, or you are white or hispanic with low bmi, taking hrt may be a bad idea. See medical oncologist to disc. ...Read more
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
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
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