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Is it normal to have a metastases to brain from breast?

Is it normal to have a metastases to brain from breast?

Brain mets: Breast cancer can spread to lymph glands, lung, liver, bones as well as brain. Nowadays, with many different chemotherapies and other biological/targeted treatment available for breast cancer -that makes patients with breast cancer live longer, the incidence of brain metastasis increases, unfortunately. ...Read more

Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more


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Are brain metastases common among breast cancer patients?

Are brain metastases common among breast cancer patients?

No.: The most common sites of metastases include the bone marrow, lungs, and liver. While uncommon, breast cancer can metastasize to the brain or the lining of the brain. ...Read more

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My mother had breast cancer and metastasis into brain. She has completed IMRT Radiation Theraphy (16 sittings) 3 weeks before. I recently came to know about SRS-Gammaknife Radio surgery for Brain which is effective than normal RT. Pls need details.

My mother had breast cancer and metastasis into brain. She has completed IMRT Radiation Theraphy (16 sittings) 3 weeks before.  I recently came to know about SRS-Gammaknife Radio surgery for Brain which is effective than normal RT. Pls need details.

Poor prognosis: Brain mets represents late stage disease, If solitary then resection can be tried or if large lesion shrinks with IMRT then resection may be tried. When lesion is solitary then best RT is Gamma knife which is high intensity, low dose volume at about 2-3 cm. For larger lesion the high intensity localized RT is known as Cyberknife, delivered in a rotation system in which the patient is centered. ...Read more

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Mom had breast cancer and metastasis to brain, eye, lung, liver&bone.Now she felt so tired & difficulty walking. Is this the end or there is a chance?

Palliative Care: I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom and pain control. They can also help give advice for your social situation in helping taking care of her. She may benefit from inpatient or outpatient hospice. Aggressive palliative care is a way to ensure she makes the best of things. ...Read more

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Mom had breast cancer in 2006 & in 2009 metastasis to lung, brain&eye happened. On 2012 tumor spread to bones and liver.Now she can't move easily&tired?

Fatigue: I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom and pain control. They can also help give advice for your social situation in helping taking care of her. She may benefit from inpatient or outpatient hospice. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get breast cancer metastases after 15 yrs?

Is it possible to get breast cancer metastases after 15 yrs?

Unlikely but yes: Time to recurrence curves have two peaks - one at 3-5 years and a second longer tail. Er- tumors if they recur are almost all in the first peak. Er+ tumors can recur more distantly in the future. After 10 years (or sooner if er-), one must asses if it is a recurrence of the original tumor or a new second primary. ...Read more

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Why doctors don't operate on the breast if there are already metastases in liver?

Why doctors don't operate on the breast if there are already metastases in liver?

Really no benefit: If there is cancer in the liver, taking the cancer out of the breast does not help the liver. In addition, being able to feel a mass in the breast can allow the clinician to tell if there has been a response. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is breast cancer sentinel node micro metastases?

What is breast cancer sentinel node micro metastases?

Spread of cells: Micrometastasis means that a few tumor cells have left the breast tumor and traveled to the lymph nodes under the arm. In most cases, this is treated as a negative lymph node. I encourage you to review your pathology report with your surgeon and oncologists (ideally they are communicating with each other through a meeting called a tumor board). ...Read more

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What does the pain from bone metastases feel like what other symptoms are there and any specific to metastases from breast cancer?

What does the pain from bone metastases feel like what other symptoms are there and any specific to metastases from breast cancer?

Persistent, progress: Pain from bone metastases is typically persistent and tends to get worse with time. Other symptoms may be in the form of fatigue and sometimes weight loss due to progressive cancer. ...Read more

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Does anastrozole tablets for breast cancer also treat bone cancer in women with metastases?

Does anastrozole tablets for breast cancer also treat bone cancer in women with metastases?

Sort Of: We define cancers by their organ of origin. Therefore, by strict definition, bone cancer originates from bone cells; Anastrozole won't help these rare cancers. More commonly, cancers can spread to bones--we call this bone metastasis. Breast cancer can spread to bones; anastrazole can prevent the spread of certain breast cancers. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more