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Doctor insights on: Long Term Side Effects Of Chemotherapy For Breast Cancer

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Long term effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer vs radiation?

Long term effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer vs radiation?

Other cancers: Chemotherapy long-term can increase the likelihood of developing bloodstream cancers such as leukemia radiation treatment can cause tissue scarring and also increase the possibilty of developing other cancers such as sarcoma. ...Read more

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


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Hormonal effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Hormonal effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Please clarify.: It is unclear from your question what you are asking. Most breast cancers are estrogen-sensitive and can be treated with anti-estrogen medication (tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors). Many women who are peri menopausal when receiving traditional chemotherapy develop ovarian suppression from the chemo and effectively "go into" menopause. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemo therapy with breast cancer?

What are the side effects of chemo therapy with breast cancer?

Several: Hair loss, nausea, fatigue, risk for infection. However, the incidence of nausea is a lot less now with newer medications. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does a positive myocardial AB titer of 1:40 mean? I had chemotherapy for breast cancer on my left side in 2009. Could this have affected my heart

What does a positive myocardial AB titer of 1:40 mean? I had chemotherapy for breast cancer on my left side in 2009. Could this have affected my heart

Other causes: Chemotherapy can cause illness of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy. However, if cardiomyopathy is suspected, other cause than from chemotherapy need to be ruled out, and measuring the titer of myocardial antibodies can assist in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long is the chemotherapy for a stage 2a node negative breast cancer?

How long is the chemotherapy for a stage 2a node negative breast cancer?

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

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How long should a patient wait before starting chemotherapy and after the breast cancer surgery?

How long should a patient wait before starting chemotherapy and after the breast cancer surgery?

12 weeks: Studies have shown that benefit from chemotherapy doesn't begin to drop off as long as it is started within 12 weeks of surgery. I take the type of cancer into consideration, though. For more aggressive breast cancers, I like to start chemo within 4-6 weeks. For the slower growing er+ cancers, within 12 weeks is fine and supported by data. ...Read more

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How long can I survive with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to my liver without chemotherapy?

How long can I survive with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to my liver without chemotherapy?

Hard to say: Hello - there are many treatment options for stage 4 breast cancer. If your cancer is ER or PR positive, hormonal tx can be used. If it is Her2 positive, Herceptin (trastuzumab) and other targeted, non-chemos can be used. If the breast cancer is triple negative then chemo is your best option. There are "mild" chemos, some oral, that can be tried. Average lifespan is usually quite long with treatment. Best ...Read more

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Is tamoxifen safe and can I take it? I am a 67-year-old white female living alone. Last year I had early catch stage-1 breast cancer. I next had a lumpectomy and only one treatment of chemotherapy. I was scheduled for four treatments. The side affects

Is tamoxifen safe and can I take it? I am a 67-year-old white female living alone. Last year I had early catch stage-1 breast cancer. I next had a lumpectomy and only one treatment of chemotherapy. I was scheduled for four treatments. The side affects

If: If your breast cancer was estrogen receptor-negative then you will not benefit from hormonal adjuvant therapy like tamoxifen (actually women who are past their menopause should be on Arimidex (anastrozole) not tamoxifen) either way you will not benefit from those since your mass is estrogen receptor negative. At 67 you should probably still get radiation as you still have a long life ahead of you...Especially with stage 1 cancer. You have to discuss these options with a breast surgeon... ...Read more

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How to boost white blood counts during chemotherapy for breast cancer?

How to boost white blood counts during chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Growth factors: If your blood counts are severely low then use of growth factor injections (neulasta (pegfilgrastim) or neupogen) can help boost the recovery of your blood counts after chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Yes: In some cases hormonal treatment can be as effective as chemotherapy. However if there is benefit from chemotherapy then it would be in addition to hormonal therapy. You should ask what percent benefit chemotherapy would give your circumstance and then decide if it's worth it to you to not accept that benefit. ...Read more

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How can I support my friend who has undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer?

How can I support my friend who has undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Do support her: She may need your emotional support and other help. Go meet her and ask if you can help her with any probelms or issues of concern to her. She would appreciate your concern for her welfare and your offer to help her. Just the company of a good friend can be a big morale booster. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are other options besides chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Please tell me what are other options besides chemotherapy for breast cancer?

It depends: It depends on the type of breast cancer. If positive for estrogen and/or Progesterone receptors ("er" and "pr") there are other options, though in some cases it may not be as good as taking these meds in conjunction with chemo. If stage 4 breast cancer, there are many clinical trials. Again, it depends on the cancer stage, and the markers er/pr, and her2 from the cancer specimen. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you opt out for chemotherapy for breast cancer what is the process you go through?

I'm just wondering, if you opt out for chemotherapy for breast cancer what is the process you go through?

Not sure if 'opt: Out' means 'refuse' or 'decide to stop'. Either is a serious decision that requires discussion with 1 or more medical oncologists. The 'oncotype' process defines benefit and risk of chemo in some. However, depending on many factors (size, nodal status, receptors), the consequences vary. Perfect for second or third opinion. ...Read more

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Is benzene in certain chemotherapies? Could a caretaker of someone receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer be exposed to benzene?

Is benzene in certain chemotherapies? Could a caretaker of someone receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer be exposed to benzene?

No benzzene: No benzene in chemotherapy. If a caretaker get exposure to benzene, he/she gets it from somewhere else (gasoline/ other chemical agent) -and notfrom the cancer patient. ...Read more

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Are there any specific food to take and to avoid while in chemotherapy for breast cancer in stage 3. Age is 60 yrs and vegetarian.

Are there any specific food to take and to avoid while in chemotherapy for breast cancer in stage 3. Age is 60 yrs and vegetarian.

Possibly: It depends on which drugs you are getting. Each drug has a slightly different effect on taste. In general you should maintain your nutrition. Plant based diet has been suggested to reduce the risk of recurrent disease. ...Read more

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What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Alternative to what?: Chemotherapy is the administration of a drug that circulates throughout the body and kills cancer cells. Our goal is to choose the most effective drug tailored to one's specific cancer subtype. If by "alternative" you mean alternative to proven, standard therapy...No. However, many of our "standard" drugs are well-tolerated w/o traditional side-effects like hair loss, nausea, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

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