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My mother has breast cancer. Will she die?

My mother has breast cancer. Will she die?

Breast ca prognosis: Prognosis of breast cancer will depend on the stage, the type/biology of cancers/ other prognostic markers. All of us will die sooner or later. However, not everybody with breast cancer will die from the breast cancer. Without any information it is hard to say about one's prognosis. Please discuss with her oncologist in detail. Nobody knows about one's fate- only god knows. ...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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What can be done to deal with your mother having breast cancer?

What can be done to deal with your mother having breast cancer?

Local & Online Help: Everyone is different, so there is no one correct answer.

There are many local & online resources. Some of the reputable ones are
a) american cancer society
b) komen foundation

also, see if there are local support groups in town. Lastly, consider seeking out a private psychologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I get cancer if my mother has breast cancer?

Is it possible that I get cancer if my mother has breast cancer?

Increased risk: Having a first degree relative with a history of breast cancer can increase your risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and ovarian or prostate cancer. It is important to get regular screening exams. ...Read more

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What is the method which I can best help/support my mother with breast cancer?

What is the method which I can best help/support my mother with breast cancer?

Love her.: Allow her to share and talk about her concerns and fears. Let her know how much you love her. Pray with her ; for her (if you pray). Help her out if there are physical tasks she can't accomplish. Ask her specifically what you can do to help. Take care. ...Read more

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I am a guy and my mother had breast cancer, is there a chance that I will get it?

I am a guy and my mother had breast cancer, is there a chance that I will get it?

It is not zero: But male breast cancer is rare. No statistical evidence that your family history affects your chances. There are no recommended screening tests for you. ...Read more

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What are the chances of me being diagnosed with cancer if my mother had breast cancer?

What are the chances of me being diagnosed with cancer if my mother had breast cancer?

Depends: Majority of breast cancer are sporadic events and not hereditary. Only about 15-20% is genetic related. So, your risk depends of the age of your mother when she had the diagnosis of breast cancer, if there is anybody else in the family with cancer, if you have personal history of benign breast tumor, the age of your first period etc. You can assess your risk using the gail risk calculation. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if your grandmother and mother get breast cancer, do you get it too?

I'm just wondering, if your grandmother and mother get breast cancer, do you get it too?

Not necessarily...: ...But you should talk about it with your family doc or gyn. May need to have your risk assessed by a specialist. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mother has breast cancer. Can anyone answer some of my questions?

What do you suggest if my mother has breast cancer. Can anyone answer some of my questions?

Treatment plan: First, appropriate staging should be done (biopsy, imaging). Second, based off of the stage, treatment options should be presented to her. Then, discuss treatment options, and decide what seems to be the best treatment for her, as different treatment options may be better for different people even if the stage is the same. Feel fee to return to this site with additional questions. ...Read more

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If a male's mother had breast cancer, does this increase his risk of getting any type of cancer?

If a male's mother had breast cancer, does this increase his risk of getting any type of cancer?

Breast cancer: It could. They should be evaluated. I know brothers who are brca positive. Because they have a genetic predisposition they are at increased risk. An oncology physician can provide appropriate consultations and referral for genetic testing if needed. ...Read more

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If I am a male and my mother had breast cancer, does that put me at higher risk for other cancers?

If I am a male and my mother had breast cancer, does that put me at higher risk for other cancers?

That is a good: ...question but hard to answer without more data. Most (8-9 out of 10) breast cancers are not related to an inherited trait so just based on statistics, the answer to your question is probably no. That said, there could be a high risk gene passed from your mother to you, especially if she had cancer at an early age or if there are many other family members afflicted. Also, certain families.... ...Read more

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My grand mother and my mother has breast cancer but both are well now. So how many chances are for me?

My grand mother and my mother has breast cancer but both are well now. So how many chances are for me?

Higher than average: Women with immediate family members who've had breast cancer have a higher risk than those who don't - that make sense. But, your chances are still only about 15%. And, like your relatives, the vast majority of women who get breast cancer survive, about 92%.So, you should not smoke, keep a good weight, and eat a lower fat diet. Do recommended surveillance. Self exams, etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mother had breast cancer age 43 but their is no familial deaseas so why did it happen to her and is it possible that I get this disease later on?

My mother had breast cancer age 43 but their is no familial deaseas so why did it happen to her and is it possible that I get this disease later on?

Majority: The vast majority of women who get breast cancer do not have family history of breast cancer. You mother should have undergone testing for the breast cancer genes brca1 and brca2. This would also help to determine your risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Help docs! My mother has breast cancer can I also get it?

Yes indeed!: Any woman, or any man (the risk is less) can get breast cancer. I hope your mother gets a good outcome and this alerts you to the value of self-exam and comliance with your physician's recommendations. A first-degree relative having had breast cancer suggests your genetic heritage puts you at somewhat greater risk, and if mom has her genetic profile checked and has brca1 / 2, you can check too. ...Read more

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My mother had breast cancer at 54, does this mean i'll get it? Is it still more likely I won't? Brca negative.

My mother had breast cancer at 54, does this mean i'll get it? Is it still more likely I won't? Brca negative.

Increased Risk: Having a mother with breast cancer doesn't mean that you will get breast cancer for sure. It does put you at increased risk of developing breast cancer. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed Cerazette because my mother had breast cancer and have been taking for over two years now. Is this the correct diagnosis?

I have been prescribed Cerazette because my mother had breast cancer and have been taking for over two years now. Is this the correct diagnosis?

Slight advantage: Cerazette has only progestogen with out estrogen as in common combined birth control pill, less clotting problems, could be used during breast feeding, still has very slight risk of breast cancer, if this is the issue, why don't you adapt non medication b c like iud. Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Mother had breast cancer at 54 and her cousin had it at 48.BRCA negative and breast cancer panel negative (breastnext).How likely is it I'll get it?

High Risk: Although genetic testing was negative, you are still at elevated risk. Other factors could help determine statistical risk, but, not as accurate in a 25 yo. I would recommend establishing a relationship w OBGYN +/- a high risk breast program. A yearly breast exam is important. A baseline mammogram at 35 yr and yearly mammograms from age 40 yr would be appropriate. ...Read more

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If my mother had breast cancer at 53, does that mean that I'll get it too? My BRCA was negative and my breasts next panel (TP 53, ATM, STK11, etc.) was negative as well.

If my mother had breast cancer at 53, does that mean that I'll get it too? My BRCA was negative and my breasts next panel (TP 53, ATM, STK11, etc.) was negative as well.

Good question: Remember we don't know all about genes and cancer (will we ever?) so as good as a negative gene panel sounds, you cannot totally rule out an inherited component. If I was counseling you, I would need a full family history and some personal information to estimate your risk as best as humanly possible and see how best to reduce your risk. It's all about odds, dear, cancer is not a certainty 4 u. ...Read more

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If my father's mother has breast cancer. N her daughter, my aunt doesn't. So will I ever get breast cancer from her?? What r d chancues I will.??

If my father's mother has breast cancer. N her daughter, my aunt doesn't. So will I ever get breast cancer from her?? What r d chancues I will.??

Your risk of: Developing breast cancer depends on a lot of things, family history being one of them. You will not contract breast cancer from your aunt, because it is not a communicable disease. ...Read more

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If a mother has breast cancer and she is breastfeeding, what is the effect to her baby?

If a mother has breast cancer and she is breastfeeding, what is the effect to her baby?

There is no effect: Breast cancer cells cannot be transmitted to a baby by breast feeding
if they were in the breast milk they would be killed by the stomach acid. ...Read more

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Mother had breast cancer at 54, her cousin had it at 47. Brca negative. Is this likely genetic?

Need more info: Brca 1;2 are not the only genes that can increase the risk for breast cancer so you cannot rule out an inherited trait. That said, they could be sporadic cancers too. I suggest you visit a specialist with expertise in risk assessment and genetics. He/she needs to do a full pedigree and get some personal info to estimate your cancer risk and decide if you (or your mom) need additional testing. ...Read more

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Been prescribed anti depressants. Is there an association between breast cancer & anti depressants (fluxatine)? My mother had breast cancer I have POCS

Been prescribed anti depressants. Is there an association between breast cancer & anti depressants (fluxatine)? My mother had breast cancer I have POCS

BRCA testing: If your mother had breast cancer then you may qualify for BRCA genetic testing. Also discuss with your doctor the mammogram screening guidelines which may depend on the age of your mothers diagnosis. Antidepressants are not contraindicated in someone with a family history of breast cancer ...Read more

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My mother had breast cancer at 48. I 37 andy doctor recommended me to get a mammogram. Is it a baseline check and or necessary?

My mother had breast cancer at 48. I 37 andy doctor recommended me to get a mammogram. Is it a baseline check and or necessary?

Yes: While recommendations vary, many doctors recommend beginning screenings 10 years younger than the youngest family member who had breast cancer. So if your mom was 48 at diagnosis, then you would start at 38. Some groups recommend a baseline at 35 and then yearly at 40 for women with a family history. So you are getting good advice. ...Read more

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Mother had breast cancer in mid fifties now I'm worried i'll get it. Nobody else in family had it. Should I get prophylactic mastectomy?

No....: Your chance of getting breast cancer, with a positive maternal history, is still only about 15%. (50% higher than a negative history.) however, if a brca test was positive, your odds would jump to about 85-86%. I would suggest a brca test if you really want to consider preemptive surgery. Speak to your primary physician and see what can be done. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have heterogenous breast and a density showed up on mam called back for diag mammagram mother had breast cancer and they compared it to last year?

I have heterogenous breast and a density showed up on mam called back for diag mammagram mother had breast cancer and they compared it to last year?

Good!: Many times with an abnormal mammogram the radiologists will compare it to previous mammograms. They may also do a breast sonogram. Finally, if there is some change, they may decide to do a biopsy. That is the normal order of evaluation. ...Read more

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My mother had breast cancer at 54 and her cousin was diagnosed at 45. Is this likely caused by the brca gene? My insurance won't pay for it.

My mother had breast cancer at 54 and her cousin was diagnosed at 45. Is this likely caused by the brca gene? My insurance won't pay for it.

BRCA: Probably not. The patient to be tested is the cousin due to age at diagnosis. You do not qualify because you're risk of having the gene is so low. That's a good thing! ...Read more

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Mother had breast cancer at 54 and grandmother had pancreatic cancer at 70. My insurance won't cover the brca testing. What do I do? It's $4000!

Mother had breast cancer at 54 and grandmother had pancreatic cancer at 70. My insurance won't cover the brca testing. What do I do? It's $4000!

Test Mom First: Brca testing is reserved for women who are at significant risk for the hereditary type of breast cancer. While it is possible that your mom is brca (+), the odds are less than 10% unless she was under 45 at diagnosis, other family members had breast or ovarian ca, had bilateral-or "triple negative" breast ca, etc. Either way, it is best to test your mom first; if she's (-), no need to be tested. ...Read more

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My bio mother had breast cancer at a young age, and my bio grandmother had ovarian cancer. Both passed from it. Prophylactic mastectomy an option?

My bio mother had breast cancer at a young age, and my bio grandmother had ovarian cancer. Both passed from it. Prophylactic mastectomy an option?

Depends: If you are 18 years old, that is a very early age to be considering mastectomy surgery. It would be best to see your family doctor and get a referral to a genetic counselor for consideration of brca testing to see what your risks are. You may or may not have a higher risk of breast and/or ovarian cancers. Be checked first before considering the worst. ...Read more

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Mother had breast cancer in stage 3 8 years agoand now has a secondary bone cancer, said dr. It at an early stage and take the risk and give them only?

Mother had breast cancer in stage 3 8 years agoand now has a secondary bone cancer, said dr. It at an early stage and take the risk and give them only?

Sounds like mom: Has findings in bones compatible with recurrent breast cancer 8 years later. I would not call this an ealy stage. With long interval, best to biopsy, check er/pr/her-2-neu on the biopsy to guide therapy. If painful or weight bearing, single fraction XRT or cryotherapy. ...Read more

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Mother has breast cancer at 53, her father had colon at 87, her paternal uncle had aml at 65 and her paternal cousin aml at 50. Hereditary?

Possibly: Rare genetic syndrome called li fraumeni. But could be just sporadic. I think it would be reasonable to do two things: 1) have a CBC done 2) consider meeting with a genetic counselor. Hope this helps. ...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


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