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Dr. Travis Kidner
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
12 years in practice
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If it is treated, are there any long-term effects of breast cancer?

Dr. Travis Kidner
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
12 years in practice
2M people helped
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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Dr. Buck Parker
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast. There are two main types of breast cancer: * Ductal carcinoma starts in the tubes (ducts) that move milk from the breast to the nipple. Most breast cancers are of this type. * Lobular carcinoma starts in the parts of the breast, called lobules, that produce milk. In rare cases, breast cancer can start in other ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
24M people helped
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What are the long-term effects of breast cancer?

Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
24M people helped
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. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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What are the short and long term effects of breast cancer?

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
32 years in practice
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What are effects of radiation for breast cancer on the body? Short and long term.

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
32 years in practice
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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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Dr. Buck Parker
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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Board Certified, Dermatology
33 years in practice
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Long term effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer vs radiation?

Dr. Michael Tomeo
Board Certified, Dermatology
33 years in practice
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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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Dr. Angelina Postoev
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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?

Dr. Angelina Postoev
Board Certified, General Surgery
12 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Natarajan Raman
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
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Long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer vs surgery?

Dr. Natarajan Raman
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
28 years in practice
316K people helped
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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Dr. Robert Whitfield
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How long do breast cancer spread if not treated?

Dr. Robert Whitfield
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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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
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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How long do people usually live with untreated breast cancer?

Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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What are the survival rates for breast cancer?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that occur in almost any organ or tissue in the body. Symptoms depend on the location of the cancer, and cancer often has the potential to grow and spread to other ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is also known as Breast cancer. Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more


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