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Dr. Devon Webster
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Metastatic Breast Cancer (Overview)

Cancer that has spread from its origin (breast) to any other location (lymph nodes, bones, organs, etc.) outside of the primary site.


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What is metastatic breast cancer?

What is metastatic breast cancer?

Spread : This means that the cancer has spread to other areas outside of the breast. This is known as stage 4. With the use of modern chemotherapy, this disease can be controlled. I recommend you meet with your medical oncologist to determine options available for treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Devon Webster
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Metastatic Breast Cancer (Overview)

Cancer that has spread from its origin (breast) to any other location (lymph nodes, bones, organs, etc.) outside of the primary site.


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So what are the symptoms of metastatic breast cancer?

So what are the symptoms of metastatic breast cancer?

Depends: I would depend on where the metastasis are located and how advanced. Initially metastasis to different areas may produce no symptoms. Then as they progress problems can develope. In bone, you can get pain, collapse of a part of the spine if that is involved, fractures. In the lung you can become short of breath or develop fluid.. In the liver you can develope liver problems. Etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
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What are the tests for metastatic breast cancer?

What are the tests for metastatic breast cancer?

PET/CT: The primary test for staging for breast cancer is the pet/ct scan. A bone scan is also helpful if you're concerned about bony disease, and a head MRI for brain metastases. The sites of distant spread for breast cancer are generally the lungs, the liver, the bone and the brain, so these tests are sufficient. ...Read more

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What is a survival rate of women older than 60 who have metastatic breast cancer?

What is a survival rate of women older than 60 who have metastatic breast cancer?

Variable: Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer can be controlled with chemotherapy in some. Some can live years depending on the individual's response to chemotherapy treatments. Others will not do as well, and each person is different. Discuss in more detail with the treating medical oncologist who can give better answers, knowing the patient and the specific details of the breast cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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My grandma has metastatic breast cancer in her ribs & spine, she keeps getting these hot flushes. Causes?

My grandma has metastatic breast cancer in her ribs & spine, she keeps getting these hot flushes. Causes?

Medications?: Ask her medical oncologist. Some of the treatments she is getting could cause those symptoms. Is she having fevers? The medical oncoligist would likely want her to watch for signs of fever, infections, or check for low white blood cell count (neutropenia). ...Read more

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What does metastatic breast cancer really mean?

What does metastatic breast cancer really mean?

Cancer has spread: Metastatic, or stage 4 breast cancer, means the cancer has spread into other places in the body. Breast cancer at this stage can be treated, sometimes for 10 or more years depending on the type, but it cannot be cured. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
Once
Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
Once
If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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What's a natural way to treat metastatic breast cancer?

What's a natural way to treat metastatic breast cancer?

None: My sympathies for your condition. There is nothing in the medicine cabinet of natural medicine for metastatic breast cancer. A variety of agents are helpful in this condition which your oncologist can help you with. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for metastatic breast cancer? How about alternative treatments?

What is the best treatment for metastatic breast cancer? How about alternative treatments?

It depends: There is not a "best" treatment, as metastatic breast cancers are different. The best treatment will take into account past treatment, current symptoms, and the subtype of breast cancer (er, pr and her2 status) as well as the location of tumors. Usually chemo or biologic therapy is necessary. Alternative treatments like mushrooms may have anti-cancer effects, but more studies are needed. ...Read more

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Had holiday gathering with multiple family members and found out that many had metastatic breast cancer. What can I do to prevent it?

Had holiday gathering with multiple family members and found out that many had metastatic breast cancer. What can I do to prevent it?

Genetic testing: Yes, i agree with dr turrisi and zafar. Talk to your family members who have breast cancer. They would need to have genetic counselling and genetic testing - to see if they carry the brca 1/2 gene mutation etc. If they carry this gene mutation, then you should ask the counsellor what your risk is and then you would probably need to get the test as well. You need prevention if your test is +. ...Read more

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

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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What is metastatic breast cancer?

Spread : This means that the cancer has spread to other areas outside of the breast. This is known as stage 4. With the use of modern chemotherapy, this disease can be controlled. I recommend you meet with your medical oncologist to determine options available for treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

What exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

Stage 4 Cancer: Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that started in the breast, but has spread into other places like the liver, lung, bones or brain. It is also called stage 4 breast cancer. It is not usually curable, but many women live with metastatic breast cancer for years with ongoing treatment. ...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. 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