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Is medicine making a strides against breast cancer?

Is medicine making a strides against breast cancer?

Yes: Extensive research is ongoing, treatment options are changing frequently as new information becomes available, and cellular and dna testing has begun to individualize the treatments for breast cancer for each person's own specific type of cancer. ...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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Do fertility drugs cause breast cancer?

Do fertility drugs cause breast cancer?

No: We would love to know what causes any cancer. No! The drugs they give women for infertility can increase their rate of release of eggs from their ovaries. They also play around with the viscosity of the cervical mucus. It is somewhat complicated to explain in 400 characters or less but they DO NOT cause cancer. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the new breast cancer drug tdm1?

I want to know what's the new breast cancer drug tdm1?

Salvage Rx: For her2-positive breast cancer that's relapsed. Http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/811845. ...Read more

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Why do we give antiestrogen drugs to women who have breast cancer?

Why do we give antiestrogen drugs to women who have breast cancer?

To slow growth: Most breast cancers are stimulated by estrogen and progesterone, the normal female sex hormones. When deprived of these hormones, the tumors often die. Consequently, breast cancer tumors are tested to find out if they are sensitive to these hormones. If so, medicines to block these hormones are given as part of the cancer treatment for breast cancer. ...Read more

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Why do we give antiestrogen drugs to those who have breast cancer?

Why do we give antiestrogen drugs to those who have breast cancer?

Cancer needs estroge: Some breast cancer need estrogen to grow and their growth can be retarded by anti-estrogenic drugs. ...Read more

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Does the drug methimazole increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer?

Does the drug methimazole increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer?

No: I am not aware of any such problem with methimazole. Only drugs that have estrogenic hormone like properties have some small risk. ...Read more

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My mom has breast cancer, what are her chances of surviving with today's medicine?

My mom has breast cancer, what are her chances of surviving with today's medicine?

Find out what stage: Her breast cancer is at. Check american cancer society website for survival rates by stage: http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-survival-by-stage. ...Read more

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In early stage her-2 breast cancer, which is the best option:- is it taking drugs or a total removal of the breast?

In early stage her-2 breast cancer, which is the best option:- is it taking drugs or a total removal of the breast?

2 Different Issues: Mastectomy or Lump-x + Radiation RX are LOCAL treatments of breast cancer, with EQUAL survival rates. One or the other is necessary for all breast CA pt's. CHEMOTHERAPY ("drugs") are SYSTEMIC (whole body) RX's for certain breast cancers. Her2Neu (+) cancers are particularly sensitive to Herceptin (trastuzumab). Please meet with your oncologist to understand the different options you have. Good luck. ...Read more

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If one has slow-growing metastatic breast cancer will the anti-cancer drugs make the cancer more aggressive?

If one has slow-growing metastatic breast cancer will the anti-cancer drugs make the cancer more aggressive?

Treatment: Does not alter biologic behavior. Mets are never good. Some argue to re-biopsy to recheck re-ceptors (er, pr her-2-neu): the cells that metastasize may be different from those at outset. Best gauge is time from DX to relapse for "slow". Bony only and er+ usually fit this pattern. Cytotoxic chemo does not change growth or met potential, but cancers themselves can mutate to more aggressive type. ...Read more

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Is there any test that can be done to know whether the chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer stage 1 are working properly?

Is there any test that can be done to know whether the chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer stage 1 are working properly?

Not really: Remember that chemo given after surgery is meant to treat potentially existing microscopic deposits of cells and thus improve the odds of surviving cancer, not to treat cancer that we can see and measure. For that reason, only time will tell if it was successful. From now on, it is time for surveillance. Be alert but don't live in fear. Best to you. ...Read more

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Can raloxifene drug used if breast cancer?

Can raloxifene drug used if breast cancer?

Not usually: This is a drug like tamoxifen. It is used for risk prevention. It is also used in a condition called lobular cancer in situ, which is a non spreading kind of cancer.
It has been used in some cases of breast cancer, but is not the drug of choice. ...Read more

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What medicine. Used as a breast cancer prevention after surgery?

What medicine. Used as a breast cancer prevention after surgery?

Depends: Medicine used to decrease the chance of breast cancer returning after "curative" surgery is chosen based upon the characteristics of the cancer. Possiblities include anti estrogens (tamoxifen) aromatase inhibitors, chemotherapy, biologics-e.g.Herceptin (trastuzumab) or combinations. Talk to your oncologist for explanation and recommendations. ...Read more

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What is the new chemo drug used specifically for metastatic breast cancer?

Not sure: There are many breast cancer drugs available for metastatic disease. Several drugs have been recently approved for use. These include lapatinib, pertuzumab, ixabepilone, abraxane.

Here is a list of approved breast cancer drugs;

http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/druginfo/breastcancer. ...Read more

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Can the hormone drugs taken after breast cancer surgery cause other cancers?

Can the hormone drugs taken after breast cancer surgery cause other cancers?

Hormonal blockade: Depending upon your age and menstrual status your oncologist will help choose a medication to block the receptors for estrogen and Progesterone or one that will block the production of those hormones. These drugs minimize the ability of these hormones to stimulate the growth of breast and breast cancer cells. Some of them are associated with a risk of endometrial cancer but it is minimal. ...Read more

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Does aromasin, (exemestane) a new drug for breast cancer, have steroids in it?

Aromasin (exemestane): Aromasin (exemestane) is a type of steroid. It blocks the conversion of male hormones into the strong estrogen, estrone. ...Read more

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Why do we give anti-estrogen drugs to post-menopausal women with breast cancer?

Why do we give anti-estrogen drugs to post-menopausal women with breast cancer?

Anti-estrogen drugs: Anti-estrogen drugs are given to both premenopausal and postmenopausal women whose cancer is estrogen receptor-positive or progesterone receptor-positive. These cancer may grow when exposed to estrogen. Anti-estrogen medications block or reduce estrogen that is normally produced by the ovaries in premenopausal women or by fat cells, liver, adrenal glands or other organs in postmenopausal women. ...Read more

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What is the reason we give antiestrogen drugs to post-menopausal women who have breast cancer?

What is the reason we give antiestrogen drugs to post-menopausal women who have breast cancer?

Astute question!!: Post menopausal women and women who had their ovaries removed still produce sex steroids in the adrenal glands that are later converted to estrogen. Cancer cells learn how to function with those minute quantities of Estrogens and for that reason we target the estrogen receptor pathway in these women. Thank you for that good question. ...Read more

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Is there any oral maintenance medicine fot her2 breast cancer after finishing the herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Is there any oral maintenance medicine fot her2 breast cancer after finishing the herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Hormonal treatment: If the cancer is er positive then tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor would be beneficial to reduce the risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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Immediately a breast cancer survivor. On the drug tamoxifen, I missed a day. Can I take 2 pills in one day?

Immediately a breast cancer survivor. On the drug tamoxifen, I missed a day. Can I take 2 pills in one day?

No...: No, if you missed it completely do not double up. In the future if you miss a dose and remember within 8 hours you can take the dose. A weekly pill case can be a great reminder for taking pills, there are also dose reminder apps available. ...Read more

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Found out there is also a risk of breast cancer in my family. Could a mastectomy be considered preventive medicine in my case?

Not necessarily: You need to have a discussion with your doctor about all the details and may get a genetic test. Even after that it is not an easy call, but it is not an issue for this forum. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a clinical trial for breast cancer? Are clinical trials for breast cancer drugs a viable way to seek treatment? .

What are the benefits of a clinical trial for breast cancer? Are clinical trials for breast cancer drugs a viable way to seek treatment? .

May help: Enertering into a clinical trial you may be able to use a newer treatment, you will receive regular testing & evaluation as directed by the research protocol, and you can help further research and possibly help others in the future. See this susan g komen site: http://ww5.Komen. Org/breastcancer/clinicaltrials. Html. ...Read more

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Is weight gain common during breast cancer treatments? Will drugs or chemotherapy for breast cancer make me gain weight? .

Is weight gain common during breast cancer treatments? Will drugs or chemotherapy for breast cancer make me gain weight? .

Some people gain wt: The treatment itself does not cause weight gain. But there are changes in taste that may make you eat more especailly after the chemotherapy has been completed and stopped. So watch that you eat no more than normal. Then there is little risk of weight gain. ...Read more

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Is weight gain common during breast cancer treatments? Will drugs or chemotherapy for breast cancer make me gain weight? .

Very common: I inform my patients that most women and men will gain weight with chemotherapy for breast cancer. Also it is common to gain weight while on anti-hormone therapy, such as tamoxifen. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I am taking homeopathic medicine for the lump in my right breast. I haven't taken any sort of exam for breast cancer. Is it safe?

I am taking homeopathic medicine for the lump in my right breast. I haven't taken any sort of exam for breast cancer. Is it safe?

History of cancer?: Do you have a history of cancer? I would discuss this treatment with your friendly primary care physician. ...Read more

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I am taking homeopathic medicine for the lump in my right breast. I haven't taken any sort of exam for breast cancer. Is it safe?

I am taking homeopathic medicine for the lump in my right breast. I haven't taken any sort of exam for breast cancer. Is it safe?

I: I suggest that the tooth be re-evaluated to see if there is damage to the nerve. If so, a root canal will be needed. If not, a permanent crown may be required to repair the tooth despite the age of the patient. ...Read more

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Could I use Prozac (fluoxetine) together with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen?

Could I use Prozac (fluoxetine) together with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen?

Maybe: There may be an interaction between tamoxifen and prozac (fluoxetine). There are other effective medications for depression that should be considered. ...Read more

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Is weight gain associated with arimidex (anastrozole)? I am a breast cancer patient &will on the drug.

Is weight gain associated with arimidex (anastrozole)? I am a breast cancer patient &will on the drug.

Yes, but minimal: There has been some reported weight gain with endocrine therapy. This emphasizes the importance of exercise in the breast cancer 'survivor' population. 20 minutes of purposeful exercise, three days per week will decrease recurrence rates. Wait control, a healthy diet and alcohol in moderation are patient controllable factors related to survival. ...Read more

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I'm a her2 stage 3 breast cancer parient. I have already finished my herceptin (trastuzumab) what would be the next medication would I take as maintenance medicine?

I'm a her2 stage 3 breast cancer parient. I have already finished my herceptin (trastuzumab) what would be the next medication would I take as maintenance medicine?

It depends on your b: There are many medicines used to treat breast cancer. Besides herceptin, (trastuzumab) your doctor may prescribe chemotherapy or hormonal therpy depending on the subtype of breast cancer that you have. Hormonal therpies are used for er+ cancers....So check if your tumor wass er+ or er-. Ask you oncologist to address this question. ...Read more

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Have stage 4 breast cancer, retaining lot of water from chemo drugs, along with water pill, what's the quickest way to get rid of all the extra water?

Have stage 4 breast cancer, retaining lot of water from chemo drugs, along with water pill, what's the quickest way to get rid of all the extra water?

Ask your oncologist: Fluid retention is typically not caused by chemotherapy (with rare exceptions). Are you taking a steroid pre-medication? This is often the case when taking Taxanes like Docetaxel or Paclitaxel. In that case fluid retention should go away as soon as you stop steroid use. If chemo like Docetaxel is causing you increasing amount of swelling, ask you oncologist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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