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What are the long-term effects of breast cancer?

What are the long-term effects of breast cancer?

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

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (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 on an annual basis. ...Read more


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What are the short and long term effects of breast cancer?

What are the short and long term effects of breast cancer?

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

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If it is treated, are there any long-term effects of breast cancer?

If it is treated, are there any long-term effects of breast cancer?

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

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What are effects of radiation for breast cancer on the body? Short and long term.

See below: Short term effects include fatigue and radiation dermatitis (like a bad sunburn). Long term effects may include heart (if radiating the left breast) or lung damage, though these are rare. Also rare, is another tumor called sarcoma in the field of radiation. This can occur more than 20 years after radiation. ...Read more

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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

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35 years, childless, hypothyroidism, 50 mcg Thyronorm daily. Read long term use of thyroid HRT can increase risk of breast cancer. Is this true?

35 years, childless, hypothyroidism, 50 mcg Thyronorm daily. Read long term use of thyroid HRT can increase risk of breast cancer. Is this true?

No: this medication is a synthetic Thyroid hormone which you need to survive. The levels should be monitored and adjusted by a doctor. It should not increase your Breast cancer risk. The replacement hormones people use for hot flushes (estrogen/progesterone) during and after menopause do cause increased risk. ...Read more

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Long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer vs surgery?

Long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer vs surgery?

Mulltiple: Long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer include: radiation fibrosis of lung lymphedema of the affected side upper extremity myocardial injury hypothyroidism brachial plexus injury risk of second neoplasm (radiation induced malignancy). ...Read more

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What are the survival rates for breast cancer?

What are the survival rates for breast cancer?

5 year survival rate: According to the american cancer society the 5 year relative survival rate for stage1 is 100%, stage ii- 93%, stage iii is 72% and stage IV is 22%. ...Read more

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What are the triple positive breast cancer survival rates?

Depends: Other factors such as stage can contribute to survival rates. Please discuss this with your doctor in context of all the other factors that can contribute to survival rates here is a good review of breast cancer http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/breast-cancer. ...Read more

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At 82 and having breast cancer what are my odds of survival?

At 82 and having breast cancer what are my odds of survival?

Good: Whatever your age, the odds of surviving breast cancer overall are good! the majority of women survive breast cancer. What matters more than your age is your type of breast cancer, and the stage at diagnosis. If you have stage i cancer, your odds of dying from breast cancer are very low. It's more likely you will die from something else. But please ask your doctor this question! ...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